How do you respond to someone who feels like this? : You are feeling suicidal because you have some serious problems which you cannot cope with and do not how to solve. What you need are some practical solutions and practical help. So, a possible scenario is . . . You go to your doctor, tell him/her that you are feeling suicidal. The doctor refers you to a counsellor or psychiatrist. He/she also gives you a prescription for antidepressants which (perhaps unhelpfully) anesthetise ALL of your emotions. The psychiatrist has you explain to them all of your problems. They cannot offer you any practical advise or support but can only "explore" the problems. It appears to be a dead end. And so there is not much point in going to your doctor in the first place.