Stay with the person, or ask someone you trust to stay with the person, until the crisis has passed.
Encourage the person to seek professional help.
Don't argue with the person ("It's not as bad as you think") or challenge the person ("You're not the type to commit suicide").
Tell the person that you don't want him or her to die. Talk about the situation as openly as possible.
You can take steps to prevent a suicide attempt. Be willing to listen, and help the person find help. Don't be afraid to ask "What is the matter?" or bring up the subject of suicide. There is no evidence that talking about suicide leads to suicidal thinking or suicide.
Remove all firearms from the home, or lock firearms and bullets up in different places. Get rid of any prescription and nonprescription medicines that are not being used.
For more information on preventing suicide, see the topic Suicidal Thoughts or Threats.
Warning signs of suicide
It is hard to know if a person is thinking about committing suicide. But you can look for warning signs and events that may make suicide more likely.
People may be more likely to commit suicide if they:
Have tried to commit suicide before, or have had a family member who has tried to commit or who committed suicide.