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What should I do if my friend said they wanted to commit suicide?

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Dr. David Murdock
Psychiatry
12 doctors agree

In brief: 911

They should seek medical attention immediately at the nearest emergency room. Most states have procedures whereby emergency room physicians can obtain immediate psychiatric consultations or hold patients who are an imminent danger to themselves until they can be admitted to acute psychiatric facilities.
If a person is unwilling to seek help, most states also have provisions for protective custody.

In brief: 911

They should seek medical attention immediately at the nearest emergency room. Most states have procedures whereby emergency room physicians can obtain immediate psychiatric consultations or hold patients who are an imminent danger to themselves until they can be admitted to acute psychiatric facilities.
If a person is unwilling to seek help, most states also have provisions for protective custody.
Dr. David Murdock
Dr. David Murdock
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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Crisis Intervention

According to nimh, "if you have a family member or friend who is suicidal, do not leave him or her alone.
Try to get the person to seek help immediately from an emergency room, physician, or mental health professional. Take seriously any comments about suicide or wishing to die." even if you don't believe he or she will attempt suicide, the person is clearly in distress and can benefit from help.

In brief: Crisis Intervention

According to nimh, "if you have a family member or friend who is suicidal, do not leave him or her alone.
Try to get the person to seek help immediately from an emergency room, physician, or mental health professional. Take seriously any comments about suicide or wishing to die." even if you don't believe he or she will attempt suicide, the person is clearly in distress and can benefit from help.
Dr. Lawrence Smith
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Dr. Zahid Nazir
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Suicidal thoughts

If someone expresses suicidal thoughts, it should be taken seriously.
Try to engage a conversation regarding the details of suicidal thoughts. Ask if there is a specific plan how to commit suicide. If identified , it should be taken care immediately and advise to seek medical help asap. If you see that the person is serious , immediately take him to er. If non cooperative, call emergency help.

In brief: Suicidal thoughts

If someone expresses suicidal thoughts, it should be taken seriously.
Try to engage a conversation regarding the details of suicidal thoughts. Ask if there is a specific plan how to commit suicide. If identified , it should be taken care immediately and advise to seek medical help asap. If you see that the person is serious , immediately take him to er. If non cooperative, call emergency help.
Dr. Zahid Nazir
Dr. Zahid Nazir
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