- If you have concerns about a person IN OUR CUSTODY that may be suicidal or in a crisis, we ask that you let a staff member know right away. Please call our facility, at any time, and ask to speak with a Shift Supervisor.
Our number is (413) 858-0195.
- If you have concerns about a person IN THE COMMUNITY that may be suicidal or or in a crisis, please call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or click on the following link for more information & resources: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
FACTS ABOUT SUICIDE:
- Generally speaking, suicidal people do not keep their plans to themselves.
- Most suicidal people communicate their intent sometime during the week preceding their attempt.
- It’s wrong to believe those who talk about suicide won’t do it.
- People who talk about suicide may try, or even complete, an act of self-destruction.
- Suicide is the most preventable kind of death,and almost any positive action may save a life.
- If people in a crisis get the help they need,they will probably never be suicidal again.
- It’s wrong to believe that confronting a person about suicide will only make them angry and increase the risk of suicide.
- Asking someone directly about suicidal intent lowers anxiety, opens up communication and lowers the risk of an impulsive act.
- Suicide prevention is everybody’s business, andanyone can help prevent the tragedy of suicide.
SUICIDAL BEHAVIORAL CLUES:
- Any previous suicide attempt
- Acquiring a gun or stockpiling pills
- Co-occurring depression, moodiness, hopelessness
- Putting personal affairs in order
- Giving away prized possessions
- Sudden interest or disinterest in religion
- Drug or alcohol abuse, or relapse after a period of recovery
- Unexplained anger, aggression and irritability
fired or being expelled from school
- A recent unwanted move
- Loss of any major relationship
- Death of a spouse, child, or best friend (esp.
if by suicide)
- Diagnosis of a serious or terminal illness
- Sudden unexpected loss of freedom/fear of
- Anticipated loss of financial security
- Loss of a cherished therapist, counselor or
- Fear of becoming a burden to others
TIPS FOR ASKING THE SUICIDE QUESTION:
- If in doubt, don’t wait, ask the question
- If the person is reluctant, be persistent
- Talk to the person alone in a private setting
- Allow the person to talk freely
- Give yourself plenty of time
- Have your resources handy: phone numbers,
counselor’s name and any other information that might help
How you ask the question is less important than that you ask it.
SUICIDAL PEOPLE OFTEN BELIEVE THEY CANNOT BE HELPED, SO YOU MAY HAVE TO DO MORE
- The best referral involves taking the person
directly to someone who can help.
- The next best referral is getting a commitment
from them to accept help, then making the arrangements to get that help.
- The third best referral is to give referral
information and try to get a good faith commitment not to complete or attempt
- Any willingness to accept help at some time,
even if in the future, is a good outcome.
- National Suicide Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Samaritans 877-870-HOPE(4673)
- Brattleboro Retreat