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Be the One

You can do something to prevent suicide. Be the One to save a life.

Here are 5 simple things that you can do:

  1. Be the One to be there. If your friend is thinking about suicide, listen to their reasons for feeling hopeless and in pain. Listen without judgement and with compassion and empathy.
  2. Be the One to help them connect. Become a suicide prevention gatekeeper and learn how you can help your friend connect to a support system so they have others to reach out to for help.
  3. Be the One to ask. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions. When somebody you know is in emotional pain, ask them directly, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” and then connect them to appropriate resources such as the DU Health and Counseling Center (303-871-2205) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255).
  4. Be the One to follow up. Making contact with a friend in the days and weeks after a crisis can make a difference in keeping them alive. Check in with the person you care about on a regular basis.
  5. Be the One to spread the word about suicide prevention, and show the world how we can all take action and make an impact in someone’s life. Sign up to be added to the Health Promotion listserv to stay informed about upcoming events and activities

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