In 2020, 94% of suicide deaths in Ashtabula County were men.
Men are not indestructible. He may need your help.

Get Support by Phone

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is free, confidential, and available 24/7. Skilled crisis workers answer incoming calls and will listen, provide support, and offer helpful resources to those in need.

Get Support by Text

Text the keyword 4HOPE to 741 741 to chat with a skilled crisis worker at the Crisis Text Line.

How to help someone who is considering suicide:

1. Ask “Are you thinking about suicide?” If you suspect someone you know is considering suicide, it’s okay to ask them directly. Make sure to use clear language so there is no confusion as to what you’re asking.

2. Show the person you care. Many people who are suicidal feel as if they are a burden to those around them. This feeling is called perceived burdensomeness and prevents them from reaching out for help. Showing you care may help a person open up about how they are feeling.

3. Listen with zero judgment. When a person is suicidal, they may be afraid to tell you how they are feeling because they fear being judged. Take some time and really listen when you think someone is in crisis and allow them to speak freely without interruption.

4. Refer them to appropriate resources. Encourage your loved one to get in touch with a therapist, a family doctor, a friend, a spiritual leader, a family member, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Do not leave them alone. Call the Lifeline with your loved one, and be there when they call to make their appointments.

5. Don’t be afraid to check in. After the initial referrals have been made and completed, continue to check in on your loved one as necessary. Try meeting them for coffee, sending an encouraging text, or calling them to make sure they’re getting the help they need.