The usual sources of support available are:
- crisis centers
- health care professionals.
How to approach the resources?
- Try to get the permission of the suicidal person to enlist the support of the resources, and
then contact them.
- Even if permission is not given, try to locate someone who would be particularly Sympathetic to the suicidal person.
- Talk to the suicidal person beforehand and explain that it is sometimes easier to talk to a stranger than a loved one, so that he or she does not feel neglected or hurt.
- Talk to the resource people without accusing them or making them feel guilty.
- Enlist their support in the actions to be taken.
- Be aware of their needs also.
When to refer when the person has:
- psychiatric illness;
- a history of previous suicide attempt;
- a family history of suicide, alcoholism or mental illness;
- physical ill health;
- no social support.
How to refer
The counsellor must take the time to explain to the person the reason for the
- Arrange for the appointment.
- Convey to the person that referral does not mean that the health worker is washing his
- or her hands of the problem.
- See the person after the consultation.
- Maintain periodic contact