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In addition to your primary care physician, advice from a mental health professional can be very helpful, says Kisch. Check your health insurance card, which may have a 1-800 number for mental health services printed on the back.
However, when someone is really feeling suicidal, waiting for a professional appointment, even just for a day or two, may feel like a very long time, Kisch says. In that situation, reach out to someone -- a friend or family member -- for help.
"Suicide is very much an impulse of the moment, so anything you can do to create some postponement, some thinking process, will be helpful," Kisch tells WebMD. "What will work may vary from person to person, but anything that puts some pause between initial impulse and the action is a good idea. If you feel you are in real danger of harming yourself, go to a hospital emergency room."