When Depression Becomes Deadly
What's the best advice for family and friends if a loved one is depressed and seems in danger of a suicide attempt?
Insist the person get mental health help, Krakower says. "I think a lot of times when people make these statements [about suicide], people don't know what to take at face value. They become numb. They don't know what to do for them."
Steps to take may include:
- Call 911, a suicide hotline, or police.
- Don't leave the person alone.
- Take away weapons, drugs, or anything that a person could use to harm themselves.
- If possible, take the person to a walk-in clinic or hospital emergency room.
Schneider reports consulting work with pharmaceutical companies that manufacture antidepressant and antipsychotic medications.