Threat of suicide

Attempted suicide is any attempt by the young person to kill themselves. If you believe that a young person has made suicide threats or attempts, you should take it seriously. It is essential that you find out whether they have made any attempts in the past and what reasons they might have had. Consider whether it seems likely that they are really considering suicide now or if it is something that they have said without thinking.

If you are in any doubt it is best to refer the young person to the nearest health facility that provides psychiatric or mental health services. When you decide to refer a young person, make sure that he/she is accompanied to the health facility by somebody from their family.

Last modified: Thursday, 10 July 2014, 8:56 PM