If someone tells you they want to act out suicide, it’s important that you make a safety plan with them.
Here are some actions you can take, to ensure they're safe:
- Remove any lethal means, such as items which can be used as weapons or prescription medications (never put yourself in any danger, you may need the police to help you with this).
- Get a list together of emergency contacts, friends and family the person can call on when they have suicidal thoughts.
- If the person doesn't have any emergency contacts, give them the Samaritans number: 116 123 – they are always available to listen, 24 hours a day.
- ASK the person to promise you not to have any alcohol or use drugs until they get professional help. Alcohol and drugs can increase feelings of depression.
- “Promise me that you won’t act on any suicidal thoughts until you meet with a professional” – get a verbal commitment from them
IMPORTANT: If someone's life is in danger - for example they have seriously harmed themselves or taken a drug overdose - call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E (the closest to St Helens is Whiston Hospital)