Supporting someone you know

If you are concerned that someone you know is considering suicide, act promptly. Always take suicide seriously. Don’t assume that the person will get better without help or that they will seek help on their own.

  • See the Need Help Now section (right) for the contact details of people who can provide immediate assistance and contact them.
  • Take practical steps to keep both the person at risk and yourself safe. This may include ensuring the immediate safety of yourself and the person you are looking out for and seeking long longer term support.

It’s important to remember that even though you can offer support, you are not responsible for the actions or behaviour of your friend. If they are not willing to help themselves, it is not your fault.