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Dialogue game: Asking about suicide correctly

Dialogue game: Asking about suicide correctly

Please read this carefully before starting. This is how a conversation about suicide would ideally go with someone you are concerned about. Use the "Start Step by Step" mode for optimal learning. If you see a speaker with an "X" to the right of the text, this is the part you should read aloud. After reading your part, click on the box below to hear the response. Work your way down the entire conversation, reading your part out load. Not everyone will say they are thinking of suicide, but you would be surprised how many will. It is a myth that asking someone if they are thinking about suicide will make them do it. You cannot make someone who is not suicidal become suicidal by asking if they are. If someone is already suicidal, asking does not make it worse. You are the concerned person in... Show More

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Julie Evey
Julie Evey (Faculty)
3 weeks ago
According to the CDC, suicide rates increased in all states but one in the United States from 1996 to 2016, https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/suicide/index.html. "More than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition." It is critical that we become comfortable discussing this topic and know where to refer individuals.