How Do I Know If They Are Serious?SuicideHow Do I Know If They Are Serious?<div class="ExternalClassE94261FB1089453B950DC99D4484F837"><p>​<span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">There are a lot of people who I know that say things like “I’m gonna kill my self” as a joke or if something goes wrong they immediately resort to saying that. I just never know when people are serious or saying it as a joke or just to say it if something goes wrong. I do want to help. I just never know when they mean it or how to help. </span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassDCD40048CDB148BABF70DC80F913C71B"><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">We understand your concern and your confusion. The best way to respond would be to ask if they are serious. If they say "no" then just say something like, "that is good, but comments like that are concerning" or "when you say things like that it worries me". The research done in suicide prevention, shows that it's better to ask then to assume they don't mean it.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">To lessen your anxiety in these cases, practice your response out loud at home in your room so your voice becomes comfortable with the words and we know that the more we practice, the more likely we are to be able to pull it off when the time comes.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">Good luck and keep being concerned. Your concern may help someone stay alive.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">Sincerely, </span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">Pat, Counselor</span><br></p></div>16

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