Monday, January 15, 2007
Suicidal Thoughts
Q:I have a friend who has told me he wants to end his life, but after talking to him he has promised me he would wait one more week. I have asked him to go to the hospital but he is afraid, he is worried that if he is "checked in" he will be unable to get a job, which is one of the reasons he feels he wants to end his life. What should I do?

A:Your friend is giving you his own personal cry for help by informing you of his desire. I suggest that you continue to talk with him and encourage him to contact Madison Center to speak to the staff about getting help for possible depression or other issues. They are the trained mental health experts locally, there is no obligation, and it is entirely confidential, meaning due to patient privacy issues, getting mental health treatment cannot be made part of his employment records. Good luck to both of you.
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