32ND ANNUAL CRIME PREVENTION GUIDE 42 I’m Concerned About Someone (continued) How to be HelpfulWhen Someone is Having Suicide-RelatedThoughts • Take all threats or attempts seriously • Be aware and learn warning signs of suicide • Be direct and ask if the person is thinking of suicide. If the answer is yes, ask if the person has a plan and what the time line is. • Be non-judgmental and empathic • Do not minimize the feelings expressed by the person • Do not be sworn to secrecy …seek out the support of appropriate professionals • Ask if there is anything you can do • Draw on resources in the person’s network • Do not use clichés or try to debate with the person • In an acute crisis take the person to an emergency room or walk in clinic or call a mobile crisis service if one is available • Do not leave them alone until help is provided • Remove any obvious means e.g. firearms, drugs or sharp objects) from the immediate vicinity Source: International Association of Suicide Prevention Need Help Now? Call The Island Helpline 1-800-218-2885 Available 24-7