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, 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.
Helping a Suicidal Friend
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, here is information you need to know.
Teen Suicide Risk Factors and Prevention
WebMD looks at teen suicide, including risk factors and how to prevent it.
Schizophrenia and Suicide
WebMD explains the connection between suicidal behavior and schizophrenia, including risk factors for suicide among people with schizophrenia and suicide prevention for people with schizophrenia.
Recognize the Warning Signs of Suicide
WebMD explains how to notice signs of suicidal behavior, along with risk factors.
Melissa Rivers Advocates for Suicide Prevention
Melissa Rivers -- the daughter of comedian Joan Rivers -- wants to help lift the stigma on depression and suicide.
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.
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.
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.