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SAMHSA resource: Helping Your Loved One Who is Suicidal

A Guide for Family and Friends

When a friend or family member has suicidal thoughts or attempts suicide, it is a traumatic event that impacts the entire family. It is normal to feel scared, confused, or angry. If you are finding it difficult to determine whether or not your family member is at risk of suicide, seek help, and don’t wait. Families and friends play a key role in suicide prevention.

SAMHSA's guide can be a great resource for helping patients who have family members who are in emotional distress and struggling with thoughts of suicide, as well as how to help get them the necessary support and treatment.

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