Most people who think about suicide don't want to die. They think suicide will solve their problems and end their pain. People who consider suicide often feel hopeless, helpless, and worthless. These ideas can make a person feel that there is no other choice.
If a person talks about suicide or about wanting to die or disappear, take him or her seriously. Do this even if the person says it in a joking way. If you feel that a family member may be thinking about suicide, don't be afraid to talk to him or her about it. After you know what the person is thinking, you may be able to help.
Follow-up care is a key part of your family member's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your family member is having problems.
If a person has a plan for suicide and a way to carry out that plan, follow these steps:
Call 911 anytime you think your loved one may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your family member's health, and be sure to contact the doctor if you have any questions.
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Current as of: December 7, 2017
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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