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Take any mention of suicide seriously. If someone you know is threatening suicide, get help right away. Health professionals should try to find
out whether the person:
If a suicide threat seems real, with a specific plan and the
means at hand:
You can take
steps to prevent a suicide attempt. Be willing to listen, and help the person
find help. Don't be afraid to ask "What is the matter?" or bring up the subject
of suicide. There is no evidence that talking about suicide leads to suicidal
thinking or suicide.
Remove all firearms from the home, or lock
firearms and bullets up in different places. Get rid of any prescription and
nonprescription medicines that are not being used.
information on preventing suicide, see the topic Suicidal Thoughts or Threats.
It is hard to know if a
person is thinking about suicide. But you can look for warning signs
and events that may make suicide more likely.
People may be more
likely to attempt suicide if they:
Events that may put people at greater risk for suicide
Adults who are at risk may show these warning signs of
suicide. They may:
warning signs in children, teens, and young adults may
be different. They include running away from home or doing risky or dangerous
things, such as drunk driving.
Take any mention of suicide seriously. If someone you know is threatening suicide, get help right away. To learn more, see Suicidal Thoughts or Threats.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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