Our expert says:
No, I know of no country in which a doc / shrink / whoever is obliged by law to report anyone who is suicidal --- suicide may be a very bad idea, but it's not against the law. In some countries, and clearly in america, a shrink may be expected to take some action if you report specific plans to kill someone else, but that makes more sense, surely.
So here in SA, there is nobody to whom a shrink or doc could report anyone who happened to be suicidal. Their duty is to consider carefully what would be the best for you and your health. Under some circumstances, they might recommend hospitalization, and discuss this option with you --- and so they should.
Seeking help is just that --- and when you see the shrink / counsellor, you discuss what and how you feel, and what are the best options for improving the situation. What you are describing is a most unpleasant situation, and surely one you would not want to have continue unduly.
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