Online programs for your well-being

 :: contact us   :: terms of use :: 


Suicide – Crisis Intervention
How (Not) To Treat a Suicide

If you need this article for yourself or your website, download it as PDF
> use LEFT mouse button and then save the file
back to menu

A suicide is usually defined as a conscious and deliberate conduct aimed at terminating one's life.

What types of suicides do we know?

  • Completed suicide: Within this category we distinguish, among others, balanced suicide (committed after thorough deliberation and sometimes considered as the only "genuine" suicide) and impulsive suicide (committed upon the spot idea).
  • Uncompleted suicide: Within this category we distinguish demonstrative suicide (also called parasuicidium and as a matter of fact it is a call for help) and a suicidal attempt (where there was an intention to die but the attempt failed).

In case you find yourself close to a person who seems to hold suicidal intentions on the base of an instantaneous impulse (impulsive suicide) or intoxication and the like, hinder the person from his or her behaviour by all possible means. They are most likely to be grateful to you later.

However you must choose another procedure in case of a person who decided to commit suicide after a thorough consideration (balanced suicide). The following text concerns such a case:

What to do preferably:

  • Keep cool.
  • Call the police or an ambulance.
  • Establish contact with the person.
  • Keep communicating continuously and as long as possible.
  • Enter into conversation which is interesting for the person.
  • Imagine being in his or her position.
  • Let the person talk if he or she wants to, and just slightly ask questions (for example "And what was next?", "What did you do afterwards?", or "How did you feel?").
  • React smartly. If the person says, for example, "Don't you think you can talk me out of it", you should reply something like: "That's all right. I just want to hear your story."
  • Display understanding – for example "That really must have griped you", "I don't wonder at you", "I may not have coped with this myself" etc. Ideally, try to get to the depths of the person totally , into his or her whole misery, so that when you go home later, you are haggard as if it was your life in danger, not his or her.

What not to do and not to say:

  • Do not take the matter as an adventure.
  • Do not fuss or dramatize.
  • Do not talk the person out of his or her intention openly ("Don't do it" etc.)
  • Do not moralize – for example "Your life is a gift and you mustn't destroy it"
  • Do not minimize the person's troubles – for example "It's not that bad. If you knew what problems I have..." or "... and that's why you want to kill yourself?"
  • Do not calm the person like "Y ou'll be all right again" or "Just sleep on it"
  • Do not provoke qualms of conscience – for example "And what about your wife and children? You are going to hurt them terribly."
  • Do not encourage the person to complete the suicide. This can sometimes help but only belongs to the specialists who can identify a suitable situation.

If you need this article for yourself or your website, download it as PDF
> use LEFT mouse button and then save the file
back to menu

We recommend:

General Disclaimers: The whole content of is provided "as it is". The provider is not responsible for any injury or problems, medical or any others, caused by using information, tests or programs on this website. None of the programs and courses stands for psychotherapeutic, psychiatric or other medical help. None of the tests stands for professional diagnostics. Complete Terms of Use

From your responses:

PsyChance is a cool idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

Thank you that you exist and that you help!!!

They are really great programs for an affordable price. Thank you.

I have visited different therapists but I had a feeling they went after their own interests and they didn't understand me. I was really helped only here as I had to become a psychologist myself. So thank you.

Thanks for the possibility of completing this program.

a lot of bang for a buck

You know, I didn’t have time or money to go to the doctor’s... and I really think your program has saved me. Thank you so much.

thanks for a smashing course

Thousands of pieces of information (perhaps unfortunately) are available on the internet but only your wonderful and simple (I mean user friendly) program motivated me to take the first steps to really do something and to improve. Thank you!

Thanks, your program definitely helped me.

Thank you for your work and help. PsyChance programs will always be one of my main  resources.


MENTALFIT - Mental Health Test


Another interesting stuff is about to come
Keep yourself informed:

Your e-mail address:
You agree to receive news from this website (not more often than once a month). You can cancel anytime.
Let your friend know about this site. Just enter his or her e-mail address:
from:   to:   

Weaklings & Strongmen: People with Low Self-esteem

Weaklings & Strongmen: People with Low Self-esteem
People with insufficient self-confidence continuously compare themselves with others and they consider themselves less capable, less successful and simply worse overall. And they do not like themselves for being so. There are two main kinds of them.

How the Antidepressants Work in Your Brain

How the Antidepressants Work in Your Brain
There is no reason to be afraid of antidepressants, because they just boost desirable and natural processes. How so? No risk of dependence, no unwelcome alteration of personality? Let's find how the SSRI antidepressants work in your brain.

ego defense mechanisms

How Not To Recognize the Truth
Denial, Rationalization, Defence in Perception, Reaction Formation, Displacement... Most probably you have used all of these and many others as well. So stop deceiving yourself and learn the truth.