It is a myth that talking about suicide makes it more likely.
If you are concerned that a colleague might be having thoughts of suicide, the best thing you can do is ask them directly. Be plain and direct – you could ask “Have you had thoughts about killing yourself?” Don’t use euphemisms like “You wouldn’t do something silly, would you?”
If your colleague says they are feeling suicidal or can’t go on, or if you suspect they are thinking of taking their own life, it is important to encourage them to get help. They could contact the Samaritans straight away by calling 116 123 – a free helpline open 24 hours a day. You could also help them to call their local GP practice or a close friend, family member or colleague.
If you are concerned for someone’s immediate safety and believe they are in crisis, or they tell you that they plan to end their life imminently, you can call 999 and ask for the police or take them to your nearest A&E department.