- Make safety a priority: People who have attempted suicide are at high risk to try again immediately after a "failed" attempt. Do your utmost to keep the person safe. If your relative is in hospital, consult with those caring for them there and be sure that there is a well thought-out discharge plan and that family members or close friends are involved in it. Ensure that you and your family are honest with the person. Trust is one of the most important values between people.
- Ways to talk to the person: Be straightforward. Talk honestly and do not beat around the bush. Speak with goodwill and kindness.
- Instill hope: even when you yourself are feeling low. Some of the things to say will be similar to those things you say when the person is at risk for suicide. Give the person a future. Work on things in the future life of the family that will give the person pleasure and a reason to live
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The skills we need for approaching a person who attempted suicide are ones that do not generally come easily to us and it is useful to know how you might handle this.