What to do if you are feeling suicidal
If in the midst of an acute suicide attack, check yourself into the emergency room or tell someone who can help you find help immediately. This is not the time to try to handle the situation alone.
If you have thoughts of hurting or killing yourself, seek out the attention of a mental health professional immediately. Or you may contact Catholic Charities to schedule an appointment at 1-866-682-2166.*
* If your thoughts of suicide are putting you in imminent danger, a Catholic Charities representative will refer you to a crisis unit for treatment.
Facts about suicide:
- The majority of individuals who commit suicide feel isolated, desperately unhappy and alone
- People usually attempt suicide to block unbearable emotional pain. They are intent on stopping their emotional pain, not on dying
- Two out of every three people who commit suicide have talked about suicide to friends or family
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24
- Suicide is the sixth leading cause of death for children between the ages of 5 and 14
- The risk of suicide increases, particularly in adolescent boys, if the person has a conduct disorder or substance abuse problem in addition to depression