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Listen. And Then Listen Some More. Suicide Prevention, number 6

September 20, 2016

In an emergency, contact:

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Psychiatric hospital walk-in clinic
Hospital emergency room
Urgent care center/clinic
Call 911


Suicide prevention.

Friend and colleague Sara Lund recently listed 10 things each of us can do that will help save lives. It’s with her gracious permission that I share them with you here.

We’re going to take this list slowly.

Please read, absorb, apply as needed and then repeat as needed.

Please. —

6. Listen and then listen some more.

Pay close attention to how people express themselves. Listen for ways that people communicate their emotional state. If you think a person might be considering self-harm, ask them. And listen to what they say. Listen to what they say and to what they don’t say.


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One Comment
  1. The key is listen without advice and your own demons. I have a hard time with that sometimes, but with a pause for a whispered prayer, can often reign in! I’m human.


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