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What types of therapy can help treat a person who wants to commit suicide?

Therapy can be effective to address suicide ideation. One type of therapy is called cognitive behavioral therapy. This therapy involves challenging and changing the person's beliefs through talk therapy directed specifically at suicide ideation. Cognitive therapy is also used to alleviate depression.

A less formal therapy is having someone listen and give the individual sufficient time and space to share their emotions, being non-intrusive and non-judgmental in the therapeutic approach.

Interpersonal therapy addresses communications skills and helps people express and understand themselves better in their relationships with family and friends.

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