If you are thinking about suicide,
talk to someone about your feelings. It is important to remember that there are
people who are willing and able to talk with you about your suicidal thoughts.
With proper treatment, most suicidal people can be helped to feel better about
People for you to consider talking with include:
A family member, friend, or spiritual
Your health professional, such as a doctor or
Other mental health resources, such as a community
mental health agency or employee assistance program.
suicide hotline or the national suicide hotline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255. You can also find information at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Tips for family and friends
You may be able to help
someone who is considering suicide.
If the suicide threat seems real, and the
person has a specific
911 (or the police if
911 is not available) in order to prevent
the person from carrying out the threat.
Consider your own safety.
If you are in a safe environment and the person will not harm you:
Stay with the person, or ask someone
you trust to stay with the person, until help arrives.
with the person or make statements like "It's not as bad as you think," and
don't challenge the person by saying "You're not the type to commit suicide."
Arguing with the person may only increase his or her feelings of being out of
control of his or her life.
Talk about the situation as openly as
possible. Tell the person that you don't want him or her to die or to harm
another person. Show understanding and compassion.
If you think that someone you know has made a
suicide plan, call your health professional.
Your health professional may be able to
help identify a mental health specialist and arrange an appointment for a
person you think is considering suicide. An appointment with your health
professional may not be needed.
If you are not able to talk with
your health professional, call your local suicide hotline or the national
suicide hotline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255.
You can also find information at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Once a treatment plan has been developed,
you may be able to assist the person get the help he or she needs.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following symptoms occur before you see
your health professional:
The warning signs for the
suicide threat, such as having a plan for committing suicide, are real.
become more severe or frequent.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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