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Talking to Crazy by Mark Goulston

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chapter 32

What to Do If You Think Someone May Be Suicidal

If Someone in your life is mentally ill or has serious emotional problems, you need to reach out for professional help, especially if you know or suspect that the person may hurt himself or others.

But sometimes, you can’t tell if a person is seriously ill. And that’s particularly true when someone is suicidal.

Unfortunately, suicidal people don’t always wear a neon sign saying, “I want to kill myself.” In fact, most suicidal people won’t tell you how they feel. These people aren’t suffering from anosognosia, or unawareness of illness, which I discussed in Chapter 31. Instead, they’re coping with emotions that are too enormous and too terrifying to talk about. And if their emotional ...

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