Suicide Prevention Resources
Supporting Someone in Crisis
When you notice the signs of suicide risk in someone close to you, ask the person directly whether they are having thoughts of suicide. Asking these questions will not put the idea of suicide in someone’s head; instead, it creates an opportunity for the person to share their struggle and get the help they need.
How to start the conversation
- Are you having thoughts of suicide?
- Are you thinking of killing yourself?
- Have you been thinking about ending your life?
How you ask can be as important as the words you use.
- Give the person your full attention and create time and space for their response
- Ask in a way that flows naturally with conversation if possible
- “What you’re going through sounds really hard… Some people in your position have thoughts of suicide. Have you been thinking about ending your life?”
- Don’t ask in a manner that shows judgment or implies a correct answer
- “You’re not thinking of killing yourself, are you?”
If the person says yes, stay with them and help to keep them safe while you seek professional help.
- Validate their feelings without trying to fix them
- “I can’t imagine how you feel right now; it sounds scary. Thank you for sharing this with me.”
- “I get that you feel there’s no way out. I’m glad you told me so that we can work on this together.”
- Determine if the person can be safe and how to increase their immediate safety
- If the person has immediate access to a firearm or other lethal means, seek immediate professional help
- If possible, remove any firearms and excess medications from the immediate area or move with the person to an environment free of those hazards
- Ask the person if they have a safety plan (see Safety Planning) and how you can help them use it
- Go with the person to access professional help
Call, Text, or Chat
Immediate Resources that Will Help
If you or someone you know is experiencing a suicidal crisis, there are a variety of resources available for support in person or via distance technology.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts and needs immediate help, please walk-in to the Comcare Crisis Center at 635 N Main, or go to your local emergency room.
Outpatient Mental Health Services
There are many other smaller practices in the area that provide medication evaluations, psychological testing, therapy, substance use treatment, eating disorder treatment, and more. Visit www.psychologytoday.com to find a specialized provider, or reach out to us for more information.
Comcare of Sedgwick County
Therapy, Medication Evaluation and Management, Case Management, Community Support Services
COMCARE’s Same Day Assessment is an open access first stop for Sedgwick County residents to seek help from COMCARE’s mental health and addiction services. This means that we will do our best to see you today.
Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas
Medication evaluation, Therapy, Case management, Other community services
At MHA, we promote recovery and independence, increasing community engagement, enhancing personal relationships and building coping strategies and daily living skills.
Affiliated Family Counselors
Medication evaluation/management, Therapy
Our therapists and medication providers employ a collaborative, warm and supportive approach when working with clients which results in the client’s improved self-awareness, empowerment and long-lasting change.
Ascension Via Christi Clinic- Psychiatry
Medication evaluation/management, Therapy, Intensive Outpatient and Partial Day Hospital Program
Ascension Via Christi Behavioral Health provides intensive inpatient care from adolescents to seniors. The goal of our experienced mental health team is to help stabilize patients in a safe, caring environment and work toward a comprehensive discharge plan.