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How should I get help for my friend who has suicidal thoughts?

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  • If you know someone who has suicidal thoughts and you think they are in danger, stay with him or her if you can. Don't leave a suicidal person alone.
  • Call 911, take the person to an ER, or contact a crisis hotline such as 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or 800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
  • Get support from other friends and family members, even if your friend asks you not to.
  • If your friend has been seeing a mental health professional (therapist, counselor, psychologist, social worker, or psychiatrist), call them and make them aware of the situation.

From: Suicidal Thoughts: Helping a Friend WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Mental Health Information Center: "Suicide Warning Signs."

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Understanding Suicidal Thinking."

CDC: "Preventing Suicide."

Suicidal Thoughts Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Mental Health Information Center: "Suicide Warning Signs."

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Understanding Suicidal Thinking."

CDC: "Preventing Suicide."

Suicidal Thoughts Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 22, 2018

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