A majority of people (54 percent) who take their own lives have no known mental health condition, according to the CDC.
For those who do see a therapist, there is no “magic number of therapy sessions” that guarantee a person will never experience depression or suicidal ideation, Partridge says.
Many people who commit suicide have never been to a single therapy session.
But for those who do go, every patient is different and every treatment plan should be individualized.
“It is important each patient finds a counselor they can connect with who provides evidence-based services and will work with the patient’s treatment team of family members, physicians and psychiatrists, all of whom have the common goal of helping the patient get better,” she says.
If you believe a loved one is in imminent danger of suicide, call 911, Partridge says. If you or a loved one need someone to talk to, one option is the national suicide prevention lifeline (1-800-273-TALK), which can connect people with help 24 hours a day.