I could tell Jimmy was going through a rough patch, but there was one day that he looked like a ghost of himself. I figured I should check in with him. I asked him how he was doing, and he told me 'Not good. I’m at the end of my rope and I can’t do this anymore'. I wasn’t sure what he meant by 'this' – work or life – so I asked him straight up. He said 'Life'. I told him that I would be really sad if he wasn’t around any longer, that he mattered to me. I said 'Let’s find some help together and get you feeling good about life again', and that 'Thinking of wanting to die isn’t something to mess around with'. He agreed and eventually found a therapist to work with."Tom, painter
Some behaviours might indicate that a person is at immediate risk for suicide. The following three signs should prompt you to immediately act:
Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself. Communication may be veiled, such as: "I just can’t take it anymore." Or "What’s the use?"
Looking for ways to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining a gun.
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
If you believe that someone is at immediate risk of suicide, call 911 – when someone’s life is at stake, you can’t afford to take a chance.
If the risk doesn’t appear immediate, but you’re still really concerned, you need to voice your concerns. You can check out some useful tips and strategies at the following link:
Other behaviours may also indicate serious risk - especially if the behaviour is new, has increased, and/or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.
To offer support to someone who might be at risk for suicide or having thoughts of suicide, the link below has some helpful tips: