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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.
For more 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 include:
Adults who are at risk may show these warning signs of suicide. They may:
The 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.
Current as of:
January 31, 2020
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineChristine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as of: January 31, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
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