People are often afraid to ask about thoughts of suicide. Don’t be. In fact, you should also ask if they have specific plans or intent. You will not inspire someone to commit suicide. You can normalize that people sometimes have thoughts about dying, it is a sign or serious distress, and you can work with them to find help right away. Always err on the side of caution by seeking help. Call 911 in an emergency or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.