Symptom Checker

Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.

Depression

Death by suicide is the most dreaded consequence of depression. Fortunately it is a rare event.

The overwhelming majority of depressed individuals do NOT commit suicide.

Thinking about suicide is a form of suffering in its own right, so mental health providers pay attention to it. They often ask questions about it in people who have symptoms of depression.

Relieving suffering from depression should reduce the risk of suicide.

The best approach to helping a person who is thinking about suicide is to treat the underlying problem or problems. But the first order of business is to make sure you stay alive to get that treatment.

Are you currently having thoughts about suicide and do you think you might act on them?

Yes, I am having thoughts about suicide.

No, I am not having thoughts about suicide.

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