Everyone in Texas can be a “gatekeeper” and help save a life by talking about suicide prevention. We call this the ASK suicide prevention process. Asking someone about suicide (“are you considering taking your life”, Seeking more information about their situation and Referring them to help can save a life.
The heightened period of suicidality is a matter of hours so anything you can do to make it more difficult can prevent someone from completing a suicidal act. In addition, means restriction can make a difference and make it more difficult for individuals to kill themselves. Since firearms are the predominant means to suicide in Texas, locking them up or securing them with a trigger lock saves lives. Medication should also be kept in a secure area.