Suicide and Suicidal Thoughts Directory
Suicide is a major cause of death in the United States. Many see suicide as a way to end pain and feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness. Risk factors for suicide include a family history of suicide or suicide attempts, an alcohol or drug problems, and depression or other mental conditions. Often, suicidal people do not seek help, so friends or family who suspect something is wrong should seek help on that person's behalf. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about why people attempt or think about suicide and how you can help or get help.
Recognize the Warning Signs of Suicide
Learn the warning signs and risk factors for suicidal behavior in people with clinical depression. Knowing what to look for can help save a life.
Teen Suicide Risk Factors and Prevention
WebMD looks at teen suicide, including risk factors and how to prevent it.
Suicidal Thoughts or Threats-Home Treatment
If you are thinking about suicide, talk to someone about your feelings.
Suicidal Thoughts or Threats-Prevention
Tips on the warnings signs of suicidal thinking.
Melissa Rivers Advocates for Suicide Prevention
Melissa Rivers -- the daughter of comedian Joan Rivers -- wants to help lift the stigma on depression and suicide.
Childhood Depression: Matter of Life or Death
Because some depressed children appear happy, depression in children can be difficult to diagnose. But many depressed children become suicidal, making diagnosis crucial.
Murder-suicides in Elderly Rise
A typical homicide-suicide case involves a depressed, controlling husband who shoots his ill wife, according to Donna Cohen, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of South Florida's department of aging and mental health.
Taking Life Away
In March 1998, an Oregon woman dying of breast cancer asked her physician to prescribe a drug that would allow her to end her life. The doctor agreed. Later in the month she took the medication. With that action, she became the first person in the United States to commit suicide with the help of a doctor -- legally.