Suicide prevention and mental health were a huge part of training when I was an RA. We spent a full day talking about it and discussing protocol. Of course, talking is not the same as being face to face with someone, but it gave us a good foundation in case we ever found ourselves in that situation.
One thing that we learn isACT
Acknowledge: Take it seriously and listen
- Someone who is comtemplating suicide may not always share their thoughts with other people, but if they do that person should already know to not take it lightly. Suicide isn’t something you joke about. Even if they say they were only joking, it’s not something to be dismissed.
Care: Take the initiative and show and/or voice your concern
- Sometimes letting someone know how much you care about them is enough for them. Not always, and everyone is different…
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