The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers tips for National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is asking Tri-Cities Cougs to #BeThe1To:

  • Ask the tough question directly if someone is experiencing emotional pain: “Are you contemplating suicide?”
  • Be there.
    • Listening without judgment helps people feel less depressed, suicidal and overwhelmed.
  • Keep them safe.
    • If someone is thinking of suicide, ask if they have a plan. If so, help separate them from lethal means for suicide.
  • Help them stay connected.
    • Connect someone you’re concerned about to resources including hotlines, WSU Tri-Cities Counseling Services, friends and family.
    • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has a new three-digit dialing code: 988
      • For TTY: Use you preferred relay service or dial 711 followed by 1-800-273-8255
    • The Trans Lifeline is 1-877-565-8860
    • The Trevor Project LGTBQ youth crisis line is 1-866-488-7386 or
    • The Veterans Crisis line text and chat is
    • WSU Tri-Cities Counseling Services is located in Floyd 101A
  • Follow up.
    • Check in with the person you care about on a regular basis.