This acronym may help you remember what to do when assisting a person who is suicidal:
A Ask. Do not be afraid to ask, "Are you going to kill yourself?" or "Are you thinking about suicide?"
I Intervene immediately. Take action. Listen and let the person know he or she is not alone.
D Don't keep it a secret.
L Locate help. Seek out professional help.
I Involve Command. Be prepared to involve a supervisor to save his or her life.
F Find someone to stay with the person now. Don't leave the person alone.
E Expedite. Get help now. An at-risk person needs immediate attention from professionals.