How to Talk About Suicide

Suicide deaths make people nervous. 


Suicide shows up in the news more and more - and that always results in memes and posts about getting help, watching for signs, what we can all do better to look out for each other’s mental health. But this is hard stuff: the answer to "what to do about suicide" can't be found in a simple soundbite. 

What are the signs of suicidality you should watch for? How do you help those close to you if you're concerned for their safety? There are surprising answers to those questions in this conversation with AM/NW's Helen Raptis. Watch this video to learn the real hidden factors behind those rising suicide rates. As always, we cover a wide range of territory, and Helen asks great questions. 

Grief is really rough. It takes a toll on your mind, your body, your relationships – everything. Feeling like you’d rather not wake up in the morning is very different than thinking about actually harming or killing yourself. Please. If your pain is too great, reach out for help. There are people who have been where you are. If you are in crisis, call or text 988 or visit for a free, 24-hour hotline. If your issue is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. 

Additional helplines (phone, text, & chat) - including those outside of the US - can be found at

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