Suicide ideation–the presence of serious thoughts about ending one’s life–is more common than people realize. Studies indicate that in an average year, over 4% of Americans think seriously about ending their lives by suicide, without necessarily making a plan. In some states, the percentage is almost 7%.

While suicide ideation is worrying and should be discussed with a crisis counselor or medical health professional, there may be things that the person contemplating suicide may be able to do to help. To learn more, click here.