Sometimes people find themselves in life situations that cause intense suffering, sadness or despair. Others may feel anxious, extremely fearful, angry and out-of-control. Individuals who find themselves in such circumstances may wish to give up living or may not want to know what's happening to them.
Below we suggest a number of questions aimed at finding out if someone going through a difficult time is at risk of suicidal behaviour.
While talking to the person you're concerned about, try to draw them out on the following points:
Does he/she feel sad and alone?
Does he/she feel hopeless and unable to see a way out?
Does he/she feel incapable of carrying out everyday tasks?