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The Nature of Suicide

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This introductory document discusses suicide; the taking of one’s own life. It is intended to educate readers about the nature of suicide. However, if you are seriously considering committing suicide right now, you don’t need education about the nature of suicide. You need immediate support from caring people who can help you get through this crisis and rediscover meaning in your life. You need to stop everything else and get help as soon as possible, no matter how badly you feel, because otherwise, you may kill yourself in short order. With this understanding in mind – If you are seriously suicidal right now – if you know that you will harm yourself unless something happens very shortly to stop you from doing so – PLEASE take the following step right now:

  • Go to the nearest emergency room (or have a friend or family member take you there) and tell the admitting staff there that you are “acutely suicidal”.
  • If you cannot get yourself safely to the emergency room, call the emergency operator (911 in the United States) and ask for assistance. Again, tell the operator that you are acutely suicidal and require immediate help.

Your use of the term “acute” tells the people you’re speaking with that you are in immediate danger of committing suicideĀ right now, and that they need to act quickly to help keep you safe.

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