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Resources for suicide prevention

In light of the recent suicide of a Caroline County High School student, we wanted to provide a list of resources for parents and teens or anyone who wants to help prevent a similar tragedy.

NUMBERS TO CALL 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board has phone lines staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

  • Caroline County: 804-633-4148
  • Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County & Stafford County: 540-373-6876
  • King George County: 540-775-5064

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 888/333-2377 or online at afsp.org.

If you need immediate, emergency help, call 911.

WARNING SIGNS

Most of the time, people who kill themselves show one or more of these warning signs before they take action:

  • Talking about wanting to kill themselves, or saying they wish they were dead
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as hoarding medicine or buying a gun
  • Talking about a specific suicide plan
  • Feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Feeling trapped, desperate, or needing to escape from an intolerable situation
  • Having the feeling of being a burden to others
  • Feeling humiliated
  • Having intense anxiety and/or panic attacks
  • Losing interest in things, or losing the ability to experience pleasure
  • Insomnia
  • Becoming socially isolated and withdrawn from friends, family, and others
  • Acting irritable or agitated
  • Showing rage, or talking about seeking revenge for being victimized or rejected, whether or not the situations the person describes seem real

Individuals who show such behaviors should be evaluated for possible suicide risk by a medical doctor or mental health professional.

If someone shows the above warning signs, take it seriously and act immediately.

Take Action

  • 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 clinic at 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.

Source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website

 

 

 

 

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