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Suicidal Thoughts (cont.)

Prevention of Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal thoughts can be prevented by following the recommendations of the health-care provider. Whether treatment is recommended or medications and counseling are suggested or not, following through on treatment is the best means of prevention.

Suicidal thoughts can be frightening, and they can indicate a serious illness. People with depression or other forms of mental illness are not weak-willed. They have a real disease. And "real" medications are usually part of successful treatment.

If you are wondering how to help someone with suicidal thoughts, consider the following: If you feel that someone is depressed, ask. If you are concerned that someone might be considering suicide, ask. If someone volunteers to you that they are thinking about suicide, please listen. It might be the only cry for help they utter and therefore be one of the keys to suicide prevention.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2014

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