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Be an Advocate: Suicide Prevention, number 5

September 19, 2016

In an emergency, contact:

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Psychiatric hospital walk-in clinic
Hospital emergency room
Urgent care center/clinic
Call 911


Suicide prevention.

Friend and colleague Sara Lund recently listed 10 things each of us can do that will help save lives. It’s with her gracious permission that I share them with you here.

We’re going to take this list slowly.

Please read, absorb, apply as needed and then repeat as needed.

Please. —

5. Be an advocate.

Talk to your pastors, teachers, first responders, mental health providers, and city council about how your local community is working to prevent suicide. Is there training for school teachers to look for warning signs? Are there enough mental health service providers that are accessible and affordable to provide care before a crisis erupts?


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One Comment
  1. Amen. The problem I have run into here, is that, especially the school district, there is a great resistance to education on suicide. Like the Heroin epidemic (and I have friends who have lost children or grandchildren to that), as far as they are concerned, this is a non-issue here.


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