Suicidal Thoughts or Threats - Topic Overview
Anytime someone talks about suicide or about wanting to die or
disappear, even in a joking manner, the conversation must be taken seriously. A
suicide attempt—even if the attempt did not harm the person—also must be taken
seriously. Don't be afraid to talk to someone you think may be considering
suicide. There is no proof that talking about suicide leads to suicidal
thinking or suicide. Once you know the person's thoughts on the subject, you
may be able to help prevent a suicide.
People who have suicidal
thoughts may not seek help because they feel they cannot be helped. This
usually is not the case. Many people with suicidal thoughts have medical
conditions that can be successfully treated. People who have suicidal thoughts
often have depression or substance abuse, and both of these conditions can be
treated. It is important to seek help when suicidal thoughts occur because
medical treatment usually is successful in diminishing these thoughts.
The possibility of suicide is most serious when a person has a plan for
committing suicide that includes:
- Having the means, such as weapons or medicines,
available to commit suicide or do harm to another person.
set a time and place to commit suicide.
- Thinking there is no other
way to solve the problem or end the pain.
People who are considering suicide often are undecided about
choosing life or death. With compassionate help, they may choose to
Check your symptoms to decide if and when you
should see a doctor or get other help.