Recently, the news has been filled with stories of celebrity suicides – but they are by far not the only people who die by suicide. Since 1999, the rate of suicide deaths has increased by 25% in the United States. It has been reported that 90% of the victims have a mental illness at the time; however more than 50% were never diagnosed and did not receive help.WATCH: Suicide Is A Leading Cause Of Death In The United States; What’s Causing People To Take Their Own Life?
Dr. Phil, along with Coach Mike Bayer
, offers steps to take if you see the warning signs
that someone you know – or yourself – may be at risk for suicide.
- Talk about it
- Ask direct, specific questions, avoiding bias or judgment
- Have an action plan and resource – provide the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or a counselor to get the person help so they are not left alone
- Do not trivialize
- Be prepared to listen
“Being a compassionate ear and hearing what they have to say can make the difference between life and death,” Dr. Phil says.
- Don’t keep secrets – if you’re concerned about a friend, let somebody know. You may just save his or her life.
- Don’t give up. Follow up and check in with the person constantly.
“If you’re seeing these warning signs, don’t be afraid that you’re going to suggest someone into killing themselves; that’s not going to happen,” Dr. Phil says.
Learn more in the video above. If you or someone you know needs help, reach out: Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255Visit: SuicidePreventionLifeline.orgJoin the movement: BeThe1To.com, #BeThe1To
Warning Signs Someone Is At Risk For Suicide