Prevention

National Suicide Crisis Line 1-800-273-TALK

 www.wellawaresp.org

 http://www.speakingofsuicide.com

TVMHC has two safe clinicians trained in safeTalk, Adam Williamson and Sarah Dunn. Click on thier names for more information or if you would like to schedule a safeTalk training. Click on the logo to learn more about safeTalk

Region Seven Crisis Line 1-208-528-5700

TVMHC has partnered with SPAN Teton Valley to create a Subsidized Counseling Program as part of our County-wide suicide prevention efforts. We can now offer up to 6 sessions of subsidized counseling to people who are at increased risk for suicide and unable to pay for counseling.  Contact a therapist in Teton Valley for more information or to learn more about the program.

SUICIDE PREVENTION INFORMATION

What Are The Warning Signs For Suicide?

Seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or 911 in an emergency, if you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs:

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities – seemingly without thinking
  • Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
  • Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes
  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life

For Teenagers and Young People

An overwhelming majority of young people who hear a suicide threat from a friend or loved one don’t report the threat to an adult. Take all threats seriously and report them to a responsible adult —you are not betraying someone’s trust by trying to keep them alive.

National Youth Suicide Prevention Campaign: This website is geared toward teenagers, and is full of information about helping your friends who may be considering suicide, as well as helping yourself. http://us.reachout.com/wecanhelpus/index.php

 

Save a Life: Remove Lethal Methods

A lethal weapon available to a person in the depths of despair can end a life in an instant! Suicides are often attempted with very little planning. Removing lethal means from the environment of a vulnerable person, especially a youth, can save lives. It’s like taking the car keys away from a person who has had too much to drink.

Firearms are the most common method used in all youth suicides, and the risk of completed suicide doubles when a gun is in the home of a person who’s at risk. Alcohol and drugs can cause people to act on emotion without thinking clearly; prescription and over-the-counter medication can be used in a suicide attempt. What can you do to help protect a suicidal person?

  • Restrict access to all types of guns if it is safe to do so by temporarily removing them from the home until the situation improves. If this is not possible, securely store guns locked and unloaded (ideally in a lock box or gun safe), and lock ammunition in a separate place. The Teton County Sheriff’s Office (208-354-2323) and Teton Valley Hospital (208-354-2302) both provide free gun (trigger) locks; the Sheriff will also temporarily store guns for you during a crisis at your request. Call for assistance. You can also ask a trusted friend, relative or neighbor to securely store them until a later date.
  • Keep only non-lethal quantities of medications on hand. Lock up more toxic medications and abuse-prone medications. Dispose of expired or unneeded prescription drugs. For more information call the Poison Control Center: 1-800- 222-1222.
  • Keep only small amounts of alcohol on hand or lock it up.

While these things can help, it is not possible to completely suicide proof a home. Having access to a firearm or other lethal means does not in itself promote suicidal behavior, but knowing that the means are accessible may help a troubled person formulate his or her suicidal plans. If you are worried that someone is suicidal call the suicide crisis hotline (1-800-273-8255).