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How to ask about suicide:

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?

Does he/she feel life is a burden?

Does he/she think life is not worthwhile?

Does he/she think about suicide?

Before suicide.I/He/She is at risk