80% of people who attempt suicide tell someone first.
That means we failed 80% of people that attempt suicide. 80% is way too many. 80% is sobering. 80% proves it’s not “attention seeking,” but a desperate cry for help that could save lives.
So what can we do?
Once someone shares their suicidal thoughts they are 27% less likely to act on them. Immediately. One conversation. Less than ten minutes.
Because of the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide, those suffering have a difficult time asking for help. They may feel ashamed, embarrassed and afraid. If and when they finally build up the courage to talk to someone about their ideations, they are not heard.
The absolute least you could possibly do is listen. Please, talk about suicide. Ask your loved ones and friends directly. Are you suicidal? And then just listen. You could save a life.