Why would anyone want to die?
When someone talks about wanting to end their lives, they are unable to see any alternatives, often they still want to live, but can’t see another way. They may be confused, have another mental health or health issue, or something may happened in their lives to make them feel like there were no other choices. They do have a choice, though, and recognizing that they are at risk can save their lives.
Go ahead and ask
A person might play or hint at suicide, but you have to take these things seriously. Ask. Ask clearly and use the word “suicide.” Talking about suicide does not cause suicide. It may be a great relief to them to not have to be the first to say they need help. If you need help or find it difficult to ask if they are considering suicide, call the Lifeline, and a trained counselor will help you and the call will be confidential, 1-800-273-TALK.