Helping Someone Who Is Suicidal
If you are concerned that someone you know is considering suicide, act promptly. Don’t assume that they will get better without help or that they will seek help on their own. Take immediate steps to obtain help and keep the person safe.
Where you feel a person is in immediate danger or crisis contact your local Accident & Emergency Dept or dial 999. Do not leave the person alone.
Getting Immediate Help:
Contact Samaritans on 116 123 (ROI)
Contact your local doctor or GP out-of-hours service
Go to, or contact, the Accident & Emergency Dept of your nearest hospital
In Northern Ireland contact Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90, or LifeLine on 0808 808 8000
(other crisis organisations)
Pieta House on 01-6010000 or www.pieta.ie.
SoSad Ireland (Drogheda 041-9848754; Navan 046-9031855; Dundalk 042-9327311)
Rural Stress Helpline on 1800 742 645
National Education Psychological Service (NEPS) 01-8892700 www.education.ie
Three Helpful Guidelines:
Ask the person about suicidal thoughts and plans. Contrary to popular myth, asking will not “get them thinking about it”. In fact, everything we know from research and practice suggests that asking will slightly reduce the risk – it is an essential first step toward getting necessary help.
Often, especially after a crisis has passed, the first inclination is to “put it all behind us and move on”. However, steps must be taken to make “moving on” both possible and safe. Family members can play a crucial role in getting thier loved ones the help that they need. Family members should get help for themselves also: the stress of caring for a suicidal person takes a serious toll.
Do what you can do
Helping a suicidal person does not mean doing everything, or doing the perfect thing: it means doing what we can