What should I do if I am feeling suicidal?

If you are having thoughts of suicide, be sure that your doctor and therapist know, and tell at least one other person, preferably someone who lives with you or is close by. This will help ensure that you have people to turn to for support if you begin to feel desperate.

The Journal of the American Medical Association recommends calling 1-800-273-8255 for immediate help if you or someone you know is in danger of suicide. See Chapter 15, Crisis Management and Prevention, for more information about suicide, a chart to track your suicidal feelings, and more options.