What About Other Suicide Methods?
- Pills are the most common method of attempt. Make sure pills at home can’t do serious harm:
– Get rid of meds you don’t use anymore – especially prescription pain pills.
– Just keep small amounts of necessary meds unlocked.
– Ask a pharmacist (e.g., at CVS, RiteAid) for advice on what’s a safe quantity to keep on hand.
– Lock the rest. Make sure the lock box is sturdy and the lock can’t be pried open.
– A simple steel toolbox with a sturdy padlock doesn’t cost too much (under $30).
- If there are other suicide methods your loved one has said they might use, try to prevent access to these.
- Some methods can’t realistically be made inaccessible at home (like all sharp objects and cords).
- Keeping guns and dangerous meds from your loved one is a big help–but only one part of preventing suicide.
– Ask your loved one directly how you can support them.
– Encourage them to seek help from professionals or others.
– Take care of yourself. This is hard work! You need support too.