Suicide means that someone ends their life on purpose. Most people who attempt or complete suicide don’t necessarily want to die. People often just want to escape pain, problems, or other difficult situations.
I have thoughts of suicide, or someone I care about is talking about suicide. What should I do?
It's scary to have thoughts of suicide or hear that someone you can care about has thoughts of suicide. Thoughts of suicide don't mean that someone will end their life, but it's a sign that they need extra help or support.
What is suicide?
Suicide means ending your own life. It is sometimes a way for people to escape pain or suffering. When someone ends their own life, we say that they "died by suicide." A "suicide attempt" means that someone tried to end their life, but did not die.
Need help or support?
If you need to talk to someone or you aren't sure how to help someone you care about, call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) at any time.
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