When a young person is at risk of suicide, sometimes their mental health needs are beyond the support and expertise your organisation can provide.  It is important to link his/her to specialised help.  Many people do recover from suicidality and do not remain suicidal forever; however one of the key parts of recovery is receiving specialised help.

Linking a young person to a G.P. is a good place to start.  A G.P. can make a diagnosis, prescribe medication (if needed) and refer the young person to other specialists, such as a psychiatrist, a psychologist and/or support groups.  Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.  Psychologists are trained to provide emotional and behavioural support to individuals, treating psychological problems and mental illness.