Feeling suicidal does not mean a person is weak, crazy, or helplessly flawed. It means their pain is beyond what they can cope with alone. Suicidal threats must always be taken seriously. Threats are a call to action, and therapists are legally required to take action by contacting the appropriate services for clients at risk for suicide.
It is important to encourage those at risk to get to seek professional medical help. If a person is feeling suicidal, please call 1-800-273-TALK in the United States. Outside the United States visit International Association for Suicide Prevention (www.iasp.info) or suicide.org.