A suicide prevention message that you can use to encourage others to take their own lives is often more effective than one that only encourages people to seek help.
Here are a few things you should know before you use one of these messages to help someone else to take his or her own life.1.
It’s easy to miss the mark.
You don’t need to say it out loud, but there are many times when the message is easy to forget or miss.
That’s because the phrase often starts with a hyphen or a comma, and it’s easier to imagine a “t” or “e” instead of a hyphens or a semicolons than a period or a period and an e.
To avoid this, you can also include a “or,” which will make it easier to remember what you just said.
You can also write it on a piece of paper or simply say it aloud with a voice-over.2.
The phrase itself is often not clear.
If you don’t use the phrase in a way that you recognize, you’re missing a big clue that might help someone you know to take her or his own life more easily.
In a survey of suicide prevention messages from 2009, researchers found that most people who heard the phrase “don’t take your own life” said it to someone they knew, but not many of them thought it meant they were likely to take that person’s life.3.
The message is often about the right kind of person.
Sometimes, the message might be about a person who’s depressed or suicidal or about someone who’s struggling with anxiety.
But other times, the phrase might be designed to make you feel better.
“You have been called out of your comfort zone to find ways to take care of yourself and your family,” one of the survey authors wrote.
“And if you have the strength to listen and make a decision, you might find that the right person is right there waiting to listen to your story.”4.
Sometimes it’s about a simple act of kindness.
It could be the kind of simple gesture you’d take to help another person who is hurting.
Or it could be a simple thing you do when you’re sad or lonely.
If it’s an act of generosity, the word “thank you” may help you understand what it means.
If the gesture is about something else, such as sharing something you don://t need or helping someone with a hard time, you may need to think about whether you’re giving something back or if it’s something you’re trying to hide.5.
Sometimes the phrase doesn’t tell you everything.
It might say, “I’m sorry.”
Or it might say “I’ll do better,” or “I know you’ll be better.”
You don:// t know the person who might be suicidal, so you don” t know how to tell that person.
The phrases might be used to try to get people to tell you what’s bothering them.
Sometimes they may say, or ask you, “What do you need?” or “What can I do to help?”
It’s not clear what the intended meaning is here.6.
The person might be afraid.
Sometimes a message about not taking your own lives could be used as a way to try and scare someone.
For example, one survey found that people who were suicidal had significantly higher rates of depression than those who didn’t take their lives.
But the researchers cautioned that the results are limited to people who reported having been suicidal and who had had suicidal thoughts or behaviors.7.
Some of the phrases have been used in other contexts.
For instance, the phrases “You’re doing great” and “It feels like your life is going to change” were popular during the late 1990s when suicide was a much more taboo subject.
Some people also use “I love you” and other phrases that might be associated with suicide prevention.
But most people will probably not hear a suicide prevention phrase that has never been used to encourage suicide, said Anne E. Tofel, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.8.
Some phrases are just plain weird.
A suicide message might make you laugh or cry, but it’s not necessarily an attempt to discourage anyone from taking their own life or to suggest that there’s nothing you can do.
A phrase like “Just do your thing” is not often used as an expression of suicidal thoughts, Tofell said.
Instead, it’s a way for people to say, You can do your own thing.