When a friend or family member has suicidal thoughts or attempts suicide, it is a traumatic event that impacts the
entire family. It is normal to feel scared, confused, or angry. If you are finding it difficult to determine whether or not
your family member is at risk of suicide, seek help, and don’t wait. Families and friends play a key role in suicide
prevention. This guide will help you understand how to respond to your loved ones who are in emotional distress and
struggling with thoughts of suicide, as well as how to help get them the necessary support and treatment.