If you are thinking about suicide, get help immediately. Call 911 or your local emergency number. Similarly, if you believe someone you know may be at risk of suicide, call 911 and stay with the person until help arrives.

Suicide is all the more tragic because it's preventable. Often, people think about suicide because they feel like they're facing an insurmountable problem. But help is available, and life can get better.

Treatment for suicide typically includes:

  • Psychotherapy to deal with the issues causing the suicidal feelings
  • Medications, such as antidepressants or other drugs, to help control symptoms and reduce suicidal tendencies
  • Support for the family so they can understand what their loved one is going through and be a source of help and compassion