Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. You can play a vital role by reaching out to someone who is exhibiting warning signs of crisis or suicide risk and by showing your support. Helping someone feel included can make a big difference during a challenging time.

Special training is not required to approach the subject of suicide, and asking others about it does not lead them to have suicidal thoughts. In fact, research

confirms that asking others the question gives them permission to talk about their thoughts and feelings.

No matter how casually or jokingly stated, comments about emotional distress, crisis or suicide should always be taken seriously.