This outline is a work-in-progress.
Your input is appreciated.
Suicide is a complex and sensitive topic. Discussing suicide can overwhelm anyone. Be aware of your own limits, and know that you can ask for help.
- Immediate help? Call 911.
- Suicide Prevention Lines
- 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
- 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) (Veterans: Press 1)
- Crisis Text Line, text HELLO to 741741
Suicide is the end of a life.
An American English concept could be translated into another language, but its meaning is still rooted in the American culture which created it. Reframing suicide prevention from a multicultural perspective requires insight from within other cultures to address specific cultural sensitivities about suicide and death.
A person may be most at risk if they exhibit dangerous behaviors, create or provide a plan of action, or are visibly aggitated. Call 911 (in the USA) or emergency services if you feel a person is at risk.
In case of imminent danger, injury, or action, call 911 (in the USA) or emergency services, or consult a professional psychologist, social worker, or EMT.
Media inquiries may be an unwelcome challenge in the time immediately following a completed suicide. Follow your organization’s policies on communicating with media. If in doubt, simply decline comment.
Respect the privacy of the person, and their friends and family.
Recognizing your own limits is important to avoid burnout. Many factors can affect your emotional stability. Practice self-care daily.
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