A- Ask how they are feeling- asking someone if they are suicidal isn’t going to make them do it. Be patient and wait for them to talk. Maybe they want to talk to someone else or even write it down.
L- listen: the most important thing you can do. Do not be judgemental or critical, treat them with respect. Empathise by showing you really care and that your trying to see things from their point of view. The touch of a hand or a hug (providing they are willing) can go a long way.
G- Give reassurance: Reassure them that these feeling can be overcome. Things can and do change. Help is out there and there is hope for the future,
E- Encourage to get professional help.
E- Encourage self help:. Try to give practical support and help with any extra pressure. Agree on an action plan if they have suicidal feelings (who to contact, what to do)