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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?”

Encouraging Responses

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

Get Help

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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.

Comcare Crisis Center

635 N Main, Wichita KS
Walk-in crisis services available 24/7
Call for local crisis line support or further assistance

Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center

355 N Waco, Ste 100, Wichita KS
24 hour crisis line

Harbor House

Domestic violence 24 hour hotline

Wichita Family Crisis Center

YWCA domestic violence 24 hour crisis line

Wichita Children’s Psychiatric Treatment

Inpatient mental health for ages 6-17

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

Community Crisis Center
24/7 Mental Health Emergency/Suicide Prevention Services
635 N Main, Wichita, KS 67203
(316) 660-7500

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.

  • For adult services, call (316) 660-7540 for more information and first appointment
  • For children’s services, call (316) 660-9605 for more information and first appointment
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Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas

Medication evaluation, Therapy, Case management, Other community services

Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas
9415 East Harry, Suite 800
Wichita, Kansas 67207
(316) 652-2590

At MHA, we promote recovery and independence, increasing community engagement, enhancing personal relationships and building coping strategies and daily living skills.

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Prairie View

Medication evaluation/management, Therapy

Prairie View
7570 W. 21st St. North, Suite 1026-D
Wichita, KS 67205
(800) 992-6292

We are here to help you learn how to live your life to the fullest and give you coping skills for when life gets tough.

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Affiliated Family Counselors

Medication evaluation/management, Therapy

Affiliated Family Counselors
1855 N Webb Rd
Wichita, KS 67206
(316) 636-2888

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.

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Ascension Via Christi Clinic- Psychiatry

Medication evaluation/management, Therapy, Intensive Outpatient and Partial Day Hospital Program

Ascension Via Christi
3600 E Harry St
Wichita, KS 67218
(316) 858-0333

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.

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