It’s no secret that the suicide rate in Colorado is considerably higher than most states. Bullied teens, traumatized soldiers, homelessness, drug addiction, poverty, abuse and neglect all feed into the dilemma. It’s been said that suicide “is a permanent solution to a temporary problem(s).” The challenge is that this permanent solution often seems the only way out because of the natural isolationing behaviors of those suffering from suicidal ideation (SI). At Restoring Lives Counseling we believe SI is a disorder/disease not much different than say diabetes, cancer or heart disease. And like these illnesses, SI is treatable, if caught in time.
We believe that if we can catch mental illness and begin treating it before it turns into a crisis, there is a high probability that the person can avoid suicide attempts altogether. Be kind to yourself, there are a lot of people just like you (or your loved one) who’ve felt alone, afraid, trapped, forgotten, misunderstood and have gotten help and went on to lead beautiful lives (I, Jeff, am one of them).
If you suspect someone is suicidal, don’t hesitate to ask them. Contrary to popular belief, asking doesn’t “make” them want to hurt themselves.
Or, you or they can call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or the Colorado Crisis and Support Line at 1-844-493-TALK. These numbers are also text message accessible for those who don’t feel comfortable talking to someone on the phone. And, of course, you can always call 911 in the event of an emergency.
Some helpful screenings/resources are available at www.mentalhealthcolorado.org. On the Resources tab select Screenings. There are mental health screenings for both parents and youth.
Also, if you need more intensive therapy you can call:
SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357),(also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
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