PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How can you help someone you think is at risk of suicide?

ANSWER

Take all suicide warning signs seriously. Your involvement and support may help save a life.

Don’t be afraid to ask if the person is thinking of suicide, is depressed, or has problems. A frank conversation won’t make them act on their feelings. In fact, talk can help ease suicidal thoughts.

Encourage them to talk to a mental health professional as soon as possible. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always open. You can reach a trained counselor at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).

SOURCES:

CDC: “Suicide rising across the U.S.”

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: “We Can All Prevent Suicide.”

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: “We Can All Prevent Suicide.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Recognizing Suicidal Behavior.”

American Psychological Association: “Suicide Warning Signs.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Warning Signs of Suicide.”

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: “Suicide Warning Signs.”

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior: “What's the Harm in Asking About Suicidal Ideation?”

Mayo Clinic: “Suicide: What to Do When Someone Is Suicidal.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on June 8, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Suicide rising across the U.S.”

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: “We Can All Prevent Suicide.”

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: “We Can All Prevent Suicide.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Recognizing Suicidal Behavior.”

American Psychological Association: “Suicide Warning Signs.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Warning Signs of Suicide.”

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: “Suicide Warning Signs.”

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior: “What's the Harm in Asking About Suicidal Ideation?”

Mayo Clinic: “Suicide: What to Do When Someone Is Suicidal.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on June 8, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

What are warning signs of suicide with untreated depression?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: