When Depression Becomes SevereHeeding The Threat
Many parents worry that talking openly with a child about suicide will cause him or her to consider it. Usually, just the opposite is true. Talking honestly to a depressed person is best. Attempts at suicide are often a cry for help.
Many young people who attempt suicide once will try it again. To keep this from happening, it's important to show the depressed person love and support. But there are important things to do right away to help a person who is severely depressed.
- Remove guns, rope, knives, pills, etc., from the home.
- Have them seek treatment immediately.
- If possible, take part in the therapy or counseling.
- Do not leave the depressed person alone for long periods of time.
People who are serious about killing themselves go about suicide differently than those who do not really want to die. Seriously depressed people plan their suicides carefully They prepare themselves and get their affairs in order. Usually they warn people of their plan. Many times they leave a note telling why they want to die, and then carry out the suicide alone.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, you can get help now from a suicide prevention hotline. Many hotlines are accredited by professional organizations such as the American Association of Suicidology, Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF), and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Also, refer to the contact information listed in the back of this book.