How attempted suicide affects friends and family members

Suicide and attempted suicide affects the whole family. Serious threats warrant immediate action. Include the entire family in professional counseling. While suicidal people obviously need immediate professional assistance, their long-term welfare will often depend upon the emotional health of their families.

The underlying issues that lead to attempted suicide do not go away immediately after the crisis is over. Provide consistent treatment and stay involved. The loss of a friend or family member through suicide is one of the hardest deaths to mourn.

It is important that family and friends stay committed to preventing such a loss. They need to educate themselves about the symptoms and treatment options.

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