Worried A Loved One Is At Risk For Suicide? A Local Doctor Offers Advice

Jim Gudas
June 08, 2018 - 11:09 am
Tips For Suicide Prevention

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Following the suicides this week of designer Kate Spade and CNN's Anthony Bourdain, a local psychiatrist has advice for anyone who suspects someone they know is at risk of suicide.

Dr. Benjamin Shain of North Shore University Health System said that if you have even the slightest suspicion that someone you know has suicidal tendencies, don't wait to take action.

“The first think to do, of course, is the direct approach of ask the person. The  best is to get the person some kind of evaluation and treatment,” he said.

If you suspect someone is at significant risk of suicide, Shain said you can call 911 and have police conduct a suicide assessment.

Shain also recommended calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.