We like to say that suicide rates increase during the holiday or vacation seasons, however, statistics do not bear that out. During seasons of family gatherings, the expectation is that everyone would be festive.  The truth is that anyone can become sad and exhibit suicidal ideation.

If you encounter someone who is sad and wants to die by their own hands, take them seriously. Talk with the person about their desire to die. Do not avoid talking because you fear the person will be offended.

Find out how serious he/she is about dying. Is there a plan, or preparation. This is not the time to quote your favorite Scripture, but rather ask questions that will help them express their feelings. You may see tears. Tears are good. Help them find a way to release their pain and express their anger.

If you or someone you know ae having suicidal thoughts, dial 988 to contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and connect with a trained counselor. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911.

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