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The following procedures should be followed in the event a person is threatening to commit suicide:

  1. Talk openly and calmly with a person who is threatening to commit suicide.
  2. Ask direct questions about their intent.
    1. Have you thought about how you would do it?
    2. Do you have what you need to carry out your plan?
    3. Do you know when you will do it?
  3. Listen to what is said and treat it seriously.
  4. Do not add to the person’s guilt by debating, arguing or lecturing about whether or not suicide is right or wrong.
  5. NEVER leave a person who is suicidal alone. Encourage the person to go with you and speak with a counselor.
  6. Contact the counseling center as quickly as possible at 601.925.3841
  7. If the person has already started a suicide attempt, call 911 for help immediately. If they are still conscious, seek information from them to determine:
    1. What substances did they ingest
    2. How long ago did they ingest them
    3. How much did they take
    4. Did they consume alcohol
    5. When did they last eat
    6. What is their overall general state of health.
  8. If 911 is called, be sure to provide the following information:
    1. State your name.
    2. State the problem.
    3. State the name and location of injured individual.
    4. Do not hang up the phone until the operator tells you to do so.
  9. Call the Office of Public Safety at 601.925.3204 and provide the appropriate information:
  10. Return to the victim and keep him/her as calm and comfortable as possible.
  11. If needed, administer First Aid and CPR if you are qualified.
  12. Remain with the victim until Public Safety or Emergency Crews arrive.

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