The Before the Breakdown lesson helps members learn tips on what actions to take when someone is suicidal. This lesson is important in helping members be better prepared to assist their friends/sisters. For college students who have had suicidal thoughts, 67 percent report they first disclosed them to a friend. Most people also first disclose other serious mental health challenges to friends. Helping members be prepared to take action during times of crisis is a necessary step for intervention and prevention of worst-case scenarios.


  • Identify warning signs of someone who may be contemplating suicide.
  • Differentiate the differences between what a friend can do and what can only be done by a mental health professional.

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