World Suicide Prevention Day

On World Suicide Prevention Day, we're focusing on the impact of our words when discussing suicide, especially when reaching out to someone we're concerned about.

Using safe and responsible language around suicide helps break down stigma and creates a supportive environment for people to open up about their thoughts. If you know someone struggling, being there to listen and show you care can make a significant difference.

To start a conversation with someone, choose a good time and place without distractions, use open questions, and actively listen to what they have to say. Avoid imposing your views or giving advice.

It's normal to feel anxious about asking if someone is suicidal, but it can save lives. Instead of using judgmental language or mentioning specific methods, be patient and compassionate. You can ask directly about their feelings and intentions without judgment.

Remember, the language we use online also matters. Avoid sharing harmful content about suicide or self-harm, but do post sources of support and stories of hope and recovery. Report any content that seems unsafe.

Lastly, choose your words carefully. Avoid phrases like "committed suicide," as it implies it's illegal. Instead, say "took their own life" or "died by suicide" to acknowledge the seriousness of the issue without judgment.

Let's be mindful of our language and support those who need it most. Together, we can make a positive difference in suicide prevention.

Find out more about supporting someone you’re worried about and how you can talk about suicide safely online:

Supporting someone with suicidal thoughts

How to support someone you're worried about

In the moment

Online Safety Resources

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