Suicide Prevention

 

 

Free Trainings Available:

QPR trainings are available free-of-charge to any and all interested community members and groups. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) covers the warning signs of suicidal behavior and offers simple techniques to assist the person in need. Southeast Health Group will come to your school, organization or agency for a presentation. If interested, contact Ron Meyer at (rmeyer@semhs.org), 719-384-5446 or 800-511-5446.

Be Aware of the Warning Signs:

  • Giving away favorite possessions
  • Noticeable change in behavior
  • Previous suicide attempts and
  • Statements revealing a desire to die
  • Inappropriate good-byes
  • Withdrawal from friends or family
  • Verbal behavior that is ambiguous or indirect:

“I’m going away on a real long trip.”

“You won’t have to worry about me anymore.”

“I want to sleep and never wake up.”

  • Purchase of a gun or pills
  • Sudden happiness after long depression
  • Obsession about death and talk about suicide
  • Decline in performance of work, school or other activities
  • Deteriorating physical appearance or reckless actions

What You Can Do To Help:

  • Take threats seriously
  • Listen without judging
  • Allow the person to express feelings
  • Remove potential weapons, drugs or alcohol
  • Find out if the person has a plan
  • Take action- get immediate professional help

What Not To Do:

  • Don’t leave the person alone if you feel he or she is at risk
  • Don’t treat the threat lightly, even if the person starts to laugh or joke
    about the situation
  • Don’t act shocked
  • Don’t tell the person how great his or her life is, or how much better off they
    are than other people
  • Don’t swear to secrecy for fear of being disloyal
  • Don’t judge, argue or place blame
  • Don’t try to counsel the person yourself– professional help is available 24/7

Don't hesitate. Call us at 1-800-511-5446

 

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