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What questions should I ask a person who may be considering suicide?

You must be absolutely sincere in your approach to a potentially suicidal person. Don't be afraid to ask the questions in the list below. From the answers you will establish exactly what the situation is and obtain an idea of what you need to do.

1. Have you a plan to die by suicide? How? And how soon? (The more complete the plan the more likely the person is to act upon it.)

2. What is the pain you are experiencing like? Can we find ways to ease the pain?

3. Are there times when the pain lifts? How do you feel then?

4. Do you have anyone, anything that you can call upon to help you?

5. Have you attempted suicide before?

6. Are you seeing your doctor or mental health worker regularly and often?

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