If you have the resources to listen, I think that is the best thing you can really do for a person that is suicidal. If they are anything like me, they are probably feeling incredibly anxious about asking someone for help to begin with. Saying clearly that you'll listen would probably alleviate a tremendous amount of stress.
I posted a 'to do' and 'do not do' list on speaking to suicidal people awhile back. I'll try finding it and posting it.
Originally Posted by elucidate
Thankyou so much. That really means a lot to me. I've had plenty of moments like this before, and no one has ever extended themselves in any real way. I get that it is more comfortable for them to pretend it's not happening, but really...it could mean the difference between someone staying alive or really doing it.