Suicidal signs merit immediate intervention
....Some of the early warning signs are changes in sleep patterns, isolation from friends and family, sudden outbursts of anger, talking about being a burden to others or about a desire to die, and an increase in the use of alcohol and drugs.
Risk factors for teenagers include a recent breakup with a girlfriend or boyfriend, being a victim of bullying and sexual orientation issues.
If a friend or family member exhibits any of these signs, the first step to getting them help is confronting the issue directly.
“One of the things that people think is a bad thing to do, but is the absolute most important thing to do, is ask the person if they are thinking about suicide,” Stevens said. “People are afraid to do that because they think it will cause someone to commit suicide. But it won't. It is the No. 1 thing a therapist will ask when they first see a (suicidal) client. So don't be afraid to ask.”
Once a person admits to wanting to commit suicide, Stevens said, it is imperative not to leave the person alone at any time and to contact a behavioral health center for assistance.
Let's imagine actually following this extremely dubious advice (to respond immediately, coercively if necessary, to extremely dubious signs of suicidality).
Studies on prevalence of suicidal ideation in the general population frequently find rates as high as 20%. Imagine if every guy who suffered sleep disturbances or made out with a dude or got drunk more than usual got asked if he ever thought about suicide. Imagine if one in five people were dragged into a "behavioral health center" for "assistance."
The bullshit recommendations promulgated by the media on suicide do more harm than good. Survivors are taught that they could have prevented any suicide, making suicide more of a tragedy than it needs to be. People are subjected to dehumanizing, humiliating treatment at the hands of medical professionals. And, knowing that he is likely to be dragged into a "behavioral health center" if he voices his suicidal thoughts, a suicidal person is left even more isolated than is necessary, unable to talk about suicide reasonably with his friends.
Don't rat out your suicidal friends. Just talk to them.