All talk of suicide must be taken seriously. Most people do n`t want to die; they just want to end the pain. We need to ask openly and directly about suicide if we are worried about someone. Anyone can have thoughts of suicide at some time or another. People who have made a previous attempt are at greater risk & need help and support. The period of greatest risk may be when the `decision` is made or when depression lifts. If you ,or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide call Lifeline 0808 808 8000
By now most people accept that the only way to know for sure if a person is suicidal or not is to ask them clearly and directly. It is often helpful, for both people, if the questioner includes some context, some justification for asking. The questioner can include the things he/she has seen, heard, sensed, or learned about e.g. "Joe I` ve noticed you ve lost interest in your appearance, I ve heard you say there`s no point in anything, I ve sensed you`re struggling with even simple things and I know Louise says it`s over for good this time" With all this I`m wondering.... are you thinking about suicide?"