People who have suicidal thoughts need professional treatment. If you know someone who is planning to commit suicide, you must take action. There are many courses of treatment for those considering suicide. In some cases, you will be forced to take action that may result in anger and hatred. You must be steadfast in your attempts to help someone who is considering suicide.
If a person has a plan for committing suicide and the means to carry out the act, they should be hospitalized. They should not be left alone until they are in a safe environment. A person who has attempted suicide previously and shows warning signs of making another attempt should be taken to the hospital. If they refuse to go willingly, you should call 911. If a person presents a real threat to themselves or others, they can be committed involuntarily. This person may exhibit rage toward you if you are forced to take this route, however you should remember that you have saved their life.
Medical privacy laws prohibit medical staff from releasing information about patients. In some cases, a suicidal patient will request that their family not be notified. Medical staff can notify family if the patient’s life is in immediate danger.
Outpatient treatment is an option for those who physicians recommend this option. Physicians evaluate an individual and based on several factors they use their own judgment in suggesting this type of treatment. Those on this treatment plan must have a support system, either family or friends. They must maintain regular contact with their physician.
Anti-Depressants are another viable option. Depression is normally the root of suicidal thoughts. Properly medicated, individuals can completely recover and lead happy and normal lives. These patients may also be treated for insomnia and other conditions that could contribute to their depression.
Psychiatric disorders are present in nearly all suicide victims. The proper medical care and counseling can prevent a suicide attempt. If you know someone who is considering suicide, get help immediately. Call 911 in an emergency or call 1-800-SUICIDE to receive counseling from a qualified individual.
Many families suffer each day because someone they love has committed suicide. This series of articles is to offer education and information so that someone may recognize the warning signs and know how to offer help.
If you know someone who is a danger to themselves, get help immediately. It is important that you take suicide threats seriously.