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1. NEVER LEAVE A SUICIDAL PERSON ALONE, until parents or designates can take charge.

2. NEVER SWEAR SECRECY when it comes to any "life threatening" situation.

3. Express your concerns. Speak directly. Ask them if they intend to kill themselves.

4. Accept what they say, and always treat any suicidal threat as serious. Never ignore the threat.

5. Talk in respectful, but frank terms. Listen attentively. AVOID GIVING GLIB ADVICE.

6. Don't say "everything will be all right." The promise may not be true in some cases.

7. Never delay dealing with the issue. If possible, explore causal factors and needs for change.

8. Explore other ways in which the suicidal child can be evaluated and further supported.

9. If a suicidal child resists help, and the threat is immediate, call the police and the parents.


Basic Elements To Consider When Addressing A Suicidal Young Person

1. One does not encourage a young person by talking about the issue. Don't fear addressing it.

2. Suicidal tendencies are not inherited. Some young people will fear that possibility.

3. If the suicidal student makes improvement, the suicide risk is decreased, but can still exist.

4. There is no such thing as "a lost cause" when someone is suicidal.

5. Never assume that talk of suicide is simply a manipulation for attention. What if you are wrong?

6. If the suicidal person is in counseling or therapy, don't assume they are safe from suicide.

7. Suicide never just comes "out of the blue." There are always personal reasons for the feelings.

8. Just because a person is suicidal doesn't mean suicide will always be an option.

9. Having previously failed an attempted suicide doesn't protect someone from another attempt.