I have been told that if someone discloses suicidal thoughts to you, that you should not promise to keep it confidential. I see why to an extent but what if some people just need to be able to talk to someone without risk of being turned in to a mental hospital or having a psychiatric record which can be detrimental to their future (life insurance, jobs that polygraph...etc). I think it might help people who are suicidal if they could ask for some confidentiality when disclosing it to a freind. Nobody in their right mind wants that on their record. It hurts ones chances at life insurance, jobs that require strong background checks or polygraphs..etc. By saying that you want to end you life you end up ruining it in some ways so people are afraid to speak up. Why is it so wrong to promise confidentiality? If people could get someone to agree to keep it a secret they might seek help rather than keeping it to themselves.