Suicide Prevention for Adults


What do I need to know about suicide prevention? Your loved one may see suicide as the only way to escape emotional or physical pain and suffering. Call 911 if you feel your loved one is at immediate risk of suicide, or if he talks about an active suicide plan. Assume that he intends to carry out his plan. Watch for warning signs, and get him the help he needs.

What should I do if I think my loved one is considering suicide? Resources are available to help you and your loved one. You can help provide emotional support for him and get the help he needs:

What warning signs should I watch for?

What increases my loved one's risk for suicide?

How will caregivers help my loved one?

What treatment may my loved one need?

How can I help my loved one?

Where can I find more information?

When should I contact my loved one's caregiver? Contact your loved one's caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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