(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Wyoming Prevention Management Organization in Fremont County wants to remind the community of resources available to those contemplating suicide or those who might know someone who needs help.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
A number of local organizations also help those who need someone to talk to. Fremont Counseling Service provides 24-hour emergency access. In the Lander area call 332-4233 and in the Riverton area call 332-1500.
Charles Aragon, the Native American Patient Advocate for both the Lander and Riverton hospitals, provides suicide prevention/intervention. He can be reached at 857-3535 or 438-1341.
The Northern Arapaho Meth/Suicide Prevention Initiative’s Elk Sage can be reach for 24-hour services by calling 840-3797.
Eastern Shoshone Tribal Health and Prevention Management Organization also provide referral and assistance in accessing mental health care & substance abuse, mental/behavioral health issues; individual, family, and group. Suicide prevention crisis awareness services and information available to individuals, and families are also available from both. Eastern Shoshone Tribal Health’s Glenda Mitchell can be reached at 332-4758 or 438-1238. PMO’s Kelly Rees can be reached at 307-463-0622, and Tauna Groomsmith can be reached at 349-4495.
For loved ones, the following cues and warning signs might help you identify someone who needs help. The information was provided by Prevention Management Organization.
Lack of concern about personal welfare
Changes in social patterns
A decline in school achievement
Concentration and clear thinking difficulties
Altered patterns of eating and sleeping
Attempts to put personal affairs in order or to make amends
Use or abuse of alcohol or drugs
Unusual interest in how others are feeling
Preoccupation with death and violence themes
Sudden improvement after a period of depression
Sudden or increased promiscuity
Threats to hurt or kill him or herself
Current talk of suicide/making a plan
Anxious and depressed, not sleeping
Feeling trapped with no way out
Withdrawing from friends, family and society
Anger, irritability, engaging in high risk behavior apparently without thinking
Statements of hopelessness and despair
Examples of Verbal Cues
“You won’t be seeing me around for my appointment on Monday.”
“I’m going home.”
“I thought about something I’m afraid to tell anyone about.”
“I wonder what death is like.”
“She’ll be sorry about how she treated me.”
“I’m tired of life, I just can’t go on.”
“My family would be better off without me.”
“Who cares if I’m dead anyway.”
“I just want out.”
“I won’t be around much longer.”
“Pretty soon you won’t have to worry about me.”
Direct Verbal Warning Signs:
“I’ve decided to kill myself.”
“I wish I were dead.”
“I’m going to commit suicide.”
“I’m going to end it all.”
“If (such and such) doesn’t happen, I’ll kill myself.”
What To Do When You Suspect Someone May Be at Risk for Suicide – Take it Seriously!
50% to 75% of all people who attempt suicide tell someone about their intention.
If someone you know shows the warning signs above, the time to act is now.
Begin by telling the suicidal person you are concerned about them.
Tell them specifically what they have said or done that makes you feel concerned about suicide.
Don’t be afraid to ask whether the person is considering suicide, and whether they have a particular plan or method in mind. These questions will not push them toward suicide if they were not considering it.
Ask if they are seeing a clinician or are taking medication so the treating person can be contacted.
Do not try to argue someone out of suicide. Instead, let them know that you care, that they are not alone and that they can get help. Avoid pleading and preaching to them with statements such as, “You have so much to live for,” or “Your suicide will hurt your family.”
Encourage Professional Help
Actively encourage the person to see a physician or mental health professional immediately.
People considering suicide often believe they cannot be helped. If you can, assist them to identify a professional and schedule an appointment. If they will let you, go to the appointment with them.
If the person is threatening, talking about, or making specific plans for suicide, this is a crisis requiring immediate attention. Do not leave the person alone.
Remove any firearms, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used for suicide from the area.
Take the person to a walk-in mental health clinic, a psychiatric hospital or a hospital emergency room.
If these options are not available, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 800 273 TALK (8255) for assistance.
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