It can come as a massive shock when a loved one, friend or even a stranger tells you that they are feeling suicidal. It may have left you feeling confused about what to do or how to help them - but please rest assured there are services and resources available and we will help guide you through them.
Firstly - it is of utmost importance that you take the person seriously. It is a myth that people who talk about suicide are only looking for attention. If an individual has built up the courage to speak with you about ending their own life, they are serious about it.
Be patient, kind and reassuring and help to usher them through what is one of the lowest points of their life.
There are a number of services available that you can help refer them to including us.
Let us help you here at Talk To Tom we can be your guide - contact us on (0818) 303061 or via Whats App. To launch a chat now click here.
At Talk To Tom we like to refer to the QPR method of suicide intervention and prevention. QPR is a US based principle by the QPR Institute brought to Ireland for the first time by Talk To Tom. It stands for Question, Persuade and Respond. It can be applied for use with someone you know is facing a suicidal crisis or for someone you suspect might be thinking of ending their life.
The First Step: QUESTION:
Tips for asking the suicide question:
The Less Direct Approach: Ask questions such as ...
Direct Approach: Ask questions such as ...
How NOT to ask the suicide question:
Step 2 - PERSUADE - How to Persuade a person to stay alive:
Step Three - Refer - How To Refer Someone To Get The Help They Need
For Effective QPR Intervention Remember:
To find out more about the full QPR Training Course click here.
If you feel the person is an immediate danger to themselves please contact the emergency services on 999 or Caredoc 1850 334 999.
If a person has contact you via phone, or text and informed you that they intended to end there life and you can no longer reach them - it is important that you reach out to the emergency services.
It is important to remember your own well-being at this time too. Hearing news that a friend or loved one has been experiencing suicidal ideation’s is scary. If you need to talk to someone following the event - you can contact us individually also.
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