By: Rebecca Sprague, MPH, Health Education Specialist, Suicide Prevention Program, Division of Public Health
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week is September 9-15. This will be a time when some of us honor loved ones lost to suicide. Many will renew efforts to prevent suicide deaths. It is also important to focus our attention on hope, help, strength and recovery!
We all have a very important role to play in suicide prevention and intervention. Here are just a few ways that you can Rock Your Role!
- Learn the warning signs
- Watch for signs in friends, family & co-workers
- Take action when you see signs of suicide in a person and get them to help
Suicide Warning Signs
- Talking about suicide
- Isolation & withdrawal
- Agitation & sleeplessness
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increased use of alcohol/drugs
- Talking about feeling hopeless
- Previous suicide attempts
- Call/Text/Chat the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 208-398-HELP or idahosuicideprevention.org/chat/
- Take them to a crisis center near you (see crisis center information below)
- Take them to the emergency department or doctor’s office
- Schedule a visit with a behavioral health provider
- Contact your employee assistance program
What are Your Strengths?
We’ve all got ‘em! But sometimes it can be hard to identify them, especially when we’re feeling down. Helping others identify their strengths or healthy ways to cope can be just the thing they need to get them back into a place of hope and recovery. These strengths can be any number of things. For some it means connecting with nature, for others it means singing, reading a good book, spending time with a pet, hanging out with a positive friend or talking to a counselor.
Idaho’s Behavioral Health Community Crisis Centers (BHCCCs) provide services to adults in need of mental health and/or substance use disorder crisis services. The BHCCCs are open 24 hours, seven days a week to assist adults 18 and older in crisis to become stabilized and connect them with community resources to help them effectively deal with their situations and avoid further crises.
Pathways Community Crisis Center of Southwest Idaho
7192 Potomac Drive
Boise, Idaho 83704
North Idaho Crisis Center
2195 Ironwood Court, Suite D
Coeur D’Alene, Idaho 83814
Behavioral Health Community Crisis Center of East Idaho
1650 N. Holmes Avenue
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401
Crisis Center of South Central Idaho
570 Shoup Avenue West
Twin Falls, Idaho 83301