If you have begun to think of suicide, it’s important to recognize these thoughts for what they are: expressions of a treatable, medical health condition. Don’t let embarrassment stand in the way of vital communication with your physician, family, or friends. Take immediate action and talk to somebody today. Remember, suicide is a permanent solution to a problem that is temporary.

When people don’t understand the facts about suicide, they may respond in ways that can cut off communication and worsen their feelings. That’s why it’s important to find someone you trust and can talk with honestly and openly. It’s also why your mental health professional is an important resource in helping you—and your family.