Get involved. Be available and show interest and support. Ask outright if the person is thinking about suicide. Be direct. Talk openly and freely about suicide. Be willing to listen and accept expressions of feelings. Be nonjudgmental and do not lecture on the value of life. Do not dare a person to commit suicide. Do not ask why. That only encourages defensiveness. Offer empathy, not sympathy. Do not act shocked. That creates distance. Do not be sworn to secrecy, but seek support. Offer hope that alternatives are available. Take action by removing means of suicide. Get help for those at risk.