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How do I help someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts?

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Psychologists Cameron Staley and Jennifer Miesch discuss suicide and how to help those who are in crisis receive the help they need.

Idaho experiences higher suicide rates than the national average. Being aware of the risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide that can help us take active steps to support others. How we talk about suicide matters. Reaching out to individuals with genuine concern and asking direct questions about thoughts of suicide can save lives.

If you are having your own struggles or are supporting someone else, please take care of yourself and get the help you need as well. If you are having thoughts of suicide or self harm, please talk with a mental health or health professional. Call or text the suicide prevention lifeline at 988, or visit a local crisis center. If you have immediate life threatening concern for yourself or someone else, call 911 or go to your closest hospital emergency room. 

The information provided in this conversation is educational in nature and not intended to replace professional mental health services. The information should not be used as psychological advice, diagnosis, or treatment of a mental health problem. Please be aware, the content of this podcast could be potentially upsetting at times as conversations address sensitive topics such as trauma, substance use, and suicide.

Additional crisis lines: 

Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 988 then press 1, or text 838255,

The Trevor Project, for LGBTQ folks: 1-866-488-7386, or text 678678,

Trans Lifeline’s Peer Support Hotline: 1-877-565-8860,

Mental health services are free for currently enrolled ISU students at Counseling & Testing Service. Appointments are free for students at the ISU Health Center as well. To learn more about counseling services for currently enrolled ISU students or general mental health resources, visit the ISU’s Counseling and Testing Service website: