In many cases, suicide can be prevented. Research suggests that the best way to prevent suicide is to know the risk factors. Indications that a person is considering suicide include excessive sadness or moodiness and threatening self-injury.
Suicide is not a mental illness in itself, but a serious potential consequence of many mental disorders, particularly major depression.
In many cases, suicide can be prevented. Research suggests that the best way to prevent suicide is to know the risk factors, be alert to the signs of depression and other mental disorders, recognize the warning signs for suicide, and intervene before the person can complete the process of self-destruction.
People who receive support from caring friends and family, and who have access to mental health services are less likely to act on their suicidal impulses than are those who are isolated from sources of care and support. If someone you know is exhibiting warning signs for suicide, don’t be afraid to ask if he or she is depressed or thinking about suicide. In some cases, the person just needs to know that someone cares and is looking for the chance to talk about his or her feelings. You can then encourage the person to seek professional help.