Help? Counselling? But isn't counselling just a waste of time?

Certainly it is true that counselling is not a magic cure-all. It will be effective only if it empowers a person to build the sort of relationships they need for long-term support. It is not a "solution" in itself, but it can be a vital, effective and helpful step along the way.

Asking for help with a crisis in our lives, to reach out and ask for help when we need it can be a very difficult thing to do. It means having to admit that we have failed to solve some problem or other on our own.

If it is tough for women to ask for help, it often seems impossible for men. Not asking for help is the rule for men.

If you do seek counselling it is important to find the right person who can help you. Not all psychologists know a lot about suicide; some of them don't know nearly enough, so it might be a good idea to make sure you find someone who has had specific training regarding the assessment and treatment of suicidal crises.