Family members and other caregivers are essential to suicide prevention

Family members and other caregivers are very important to suicide prevention and can be involved in many ways. They can help increase the protective factors in a person’s life—for example, by helping the person develop life skills and supportive relationships. They can also provide support during a suicidal crisis, encourage the person to seek and adhere to treatment, and help keep the person safe during periods of crisis. Ask someone you are worried about if they’re thinking about suicide. (While people may be hesitant to ask, research shows this is helpful.)

– Keep them safe. Reduce access to lethal means

– Be there with them. Listen to what they need.- Help them connect with ongoing support.

– Stay connected. Follow up to see how they’re doing

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