If you decide to respond to a person who may be at risk of suicide, let the person know that you care about them and respond without judgement, assumptions or interruptions.
Let the person at risk explain their thoughts, feelings and experiences in their own words. When responding to someone who may be at risk of suicide, here are a few things that you could do:
- Always respond in private (e.g., through DM or PM), as the conversation may become upsetting or triggering for others.
- Look at the person's posts to acknowledge their feelings and specify exactly why you are worried about them (e.g. "From what you've posted, it seems as though you are having a tough time").
- If the comment is on your own 'post', consider removing or hiding it, and providing them with support or help seeking options privately.
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