Good afternoon, Donna, and thank you so much for your message. I realize it's difficult to reach out. Please know I honor your courage.
My name is ***** ***** I am a psychotherapist in the Metro Boston area.
I am so sorry to hear someone you know is thinking about suicide. This is obviously heartbreaking and can understand why you are in need of some assistance around this.
A few questions first......
Does this person have a specific plan for how they would like to commit suicide? In other words, do they have a gun or a rope etc.?
Does this person live alone or with others?
If this person has suicidal thoughts but not an actual plan, then I would encourage the person to go to an outpatient client and get a psychiatric evaluation and schedule with a therapist. I would go with them, ensuring this happens and that they are safe.
If they have a direct plan in place, I would absolutely bring them to the ER immediately.
If you are unsure of where they are at, I would stay on the safe side and bring them to the ER for evaluation.
Please know I am here to answer any questions you may have, sweet soul. This is tough.