Paula Lovell Posted almost 3 years ago JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors We actually lose more people to suicide every year than to murder. Contrary to popular belief, you will not cause someone to commit suicide if you bring up the subject. If you think someone you're close to might be suicidal, ask them. If their plans are imminent, take them to the hospital. If their plans/thoughts are more out in the future, make an appointment for them with their psychiatrist if they already have one, or find one for them if they don't. Let the doctors office know that your loved one is having thoughts of suicide and needs to see the doctor ASAP. Go with them to the doctor so you make sure they go to the appointment. If they don't have insurance, find out what kind of resources the county offers. Call 211 or look up at 211.org is a good resource. Again, time is of the essence and it's better to be safe than sorry. Do not worry about embarrassing them or thinking that you are invading their privacy. If you saw someone standing on a railroad track, you would push them off first and ask questions later. It's more important to keep them safe. Be their advocate. It's very hard when they are ill for them to take care of themselves.