Join CFMA in participating in the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s #BeThe1To save a life campaign.
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HOW ASKING THIS QUESTION HELPS
Helping someone with thoughts of suicide connect with ongoing supports (like the Lifeline, 800-273-8255) can help establish a safety net for those moments of crisis. Additional components of a safety net might be connecting the person with supports and resources in the local community. Explore some of these possible supports: Is the person currently seeing a mental health professional? Has the person seen someone in the past? Is this an option to be considered going forward? Are there other mental health resources in the community that can effectively help?

One way to start helping the person find ways to connect is to work on developing a safety plan. This can include ways for the person to identify the start of significant, severe thoughts of suicide along with what to do in those crisis moments. A safety plan can also include a list of individuals to contact when a crisis occurs.
 
WHY ASKING THIS QUESTION HELPS
Impact of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline found that individuals who called the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline were significantly more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful by the end of calls handled by Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training-trained counselors. These improvements were linked to ASIST-related counselor interventions, including listening without judgment, exploring reasons for living, and creating a network of support.

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