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PHASE V: Phrases 4 PHASEs Photo by Saaby on Flickr
Phrases for PHASEs To help HOPE Squad members learn effective phrases to use when someone is talking about or contemplating suicide. Copyright © Huds LLC
Learn effective communication skills to use if someone states they are thinking about suicide. Know how to ask questions, including knowing the difference between open-ended and ended questions. Learn to engage with effective communication skills. Copyright © Huds LLC Objectives
If you have a peer or friend who is talking about suicide or showing warning signs that they may be contemplating suicide, what do you do? TALK ABOUT IT! Copyright © Huds LLC
Most of the time peers who are thinking about taking their life are willing to talk with someone who cares. Starting a conversation with someone you think may be considering suicide can be scary but being prepared by asking key phrases will help you. Being prepared to talk about suicide with a peer helps in many ways. Copyright © Huds LLC
Some teens are afraid to ask peers if they have been thinking about suicide or hurting themselves because they feel that it will put the idea in their mind. This is not true. It is always a good to ask. So how do you ask? What do you say? Copyright © Huds LLC
Why Ask? 1.Helps the person feel less alone, less isolated, and shows that someone cares and wants to help. 1.Allows you to get help for the person sooner. 1.Provides a chance to save a life. Copyright © Huds LLC
Key Phrases to Start a Conversation “I have noticed some changes in you lately, how are you doing?” “You haven't seemed yourself lately, is everything okay?” “I have been really concerned about you lately, are you okay?” “You seem really stressed out lately, would you like to talk about it?” Copyright © Huds LLC
Getting Started: What, When, Where, Why, How “What can I do to support you right now?” “When did you start to feel like this?” “Where were your friends and family when you first starting feeling like this?” “Why are you feeling like this?” “How can I help you right now?” Copyright © Huds LLC
Encouragement When talking with someone who is suicidal, it is important to convey sincerity, show that you care, and that you want to help. Copyright © Huds LLC
Encouragement Here are a few phrases you may use to convey sincerity. “I care about you.” “I am here for you.” “I want to help you.” “You are not alone.” Copyright © Huds LLC
How to Ask It is important to ask yes or no questions and be very clear when asking if they have a plan to take their life. Copyright © Huds LLC
How to Ask “Are you having thoughts of suicide?” “Do you want to kill yourself?” “Do you have a plan?” “Do you have what you need to carry out your plan?” “Do you know when would you do it?” Copyright © Huds LLC
Getting Help Once they have stated that they are suicidal it is MOST IMPORTANT to get them help. Get help – tell an adult even if you have to go by yourself! Copyright © Huds LLC
Getting Help “Will you go with me to get help?” “Will you let me get you some help?” “I know people who can help, will you let me help you?” “Will you promise me you will not harm yourself?” Copyright © Huds LLC
It takes a lot of courage to help a peer who is struggling with thoughts of suicide. Being prepared to do so is the key to staying calm and getting them the help they need. Copyright © Huds LLC
Remember: Be yourself. It’s not important that you use these phrases exactly, but it is important to get comfortable with asking the questions and not being afraid of what your friend might say.
Discussion & Questions Copyright © Huds LLC
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