The Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP) is a public awareness and training program that provides programming for schools, families, community members, and service providers. Sabrina of YSPP has passed on some useful tips and information about how to combat suicidal thinking.
Here are some signs of suicidal thinking, remember the FACTS:
Sad, lonely, hopeless, in pain, moody, irritable, increased depression
Pushing away friends and family, giving away important possessions, using alcohol or drugs, making unsafe decisions, making or researching suicide plans, making art or writing about death, saying goodbye
Changes in school performance, changes in appearance or hygiene, changes in personality or attitude, just not seeming like themselves
Saying they’re going to kill themselves, saying goodbye
Has the person had a crisis or trigger situation, especially in the last couple of weeks?
*A person doesn’t have to have all of these signs to be thinking of suicide. If you are worried or have a feeling in your gut that something is wrong, don’t hesitate to move on to the intervention steps!
How to Intervene:
-Show You Care in a way that is direct but natural for you.
- “I have noticed that ____, and it makes me feel concerned about you because ____.”
- “You mean a lot to me and I want to help.”
- “I care about you and how you’re holding up.”
- “I’m on your side…we’ll get through this.”
-Ask the Question
- “Sometimes when ___ happens to people, it makes them think about suicide. Are you thinking about it?”
- “When you said ___, it made me wonder if you were thinking about ending your life. Are you?”
- “Are you thinking about suicide?”
-Call for Help
- “I know where we can get some help.” (Mention a specific resource.)
- “You’re not alone. Let me help you.”
- “Together we can figure out how to make you feel better.”
First Call for Help (24 hour crisis line)
838-4428 | toll-free (877) 678-4428
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24 hour crisis line)
(800) 273-TALK (8255) • (Includes services for veterans/military)
Frontier Behavioral Health-
Spokane Mental Health
Family Service Spokane