Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation

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Worried about someone?

Where to turn


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

             1-800-273-TALK              (1-800-273-8255)


Are you a veteran?

         Press 1 to link to               Veteran Services      

Mind Springs Health

24/7 Crisis Line

1-888-207-4004

West Springs Hospital

            515 28 3/4 Road                   Grand Junction, CO

Resources for Veterans

Army Suicide Prevention 

www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide

Real Warriors

www.realwarriors.net/family/support/preventsuicide.php


Department of Veteran Affairs

www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention

Dial 911

Ask for the Crisis Intervention Team

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill--Western Slope

A grassroots organization that provides education, support, and advocacy for people and their families affected by mental illness.  Find more information about their various programs at www.namiws.org. 

Suicide Warning Signs

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities--seemingly without thinking
  • Feeling trapped--like there's no way out
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family and society
  • Feeling anxious or agitated being unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes
  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life

How should you respond?


  • Try to remain calm.  Take a deep breath.  Relax.  Get your thoughts focused.
  • Engage the person in a focused one-on-one conversation.
  • Ask the person directly:  "Are you thinking about suicide?"
  • Whether the answer is "yes" or "no", spend time listening to the problems/challenges that the person is experiencing.  
  • Don't judge or dismiss the challenges that the person identifies.
  • If the answer is "yes", ask if the person has a plan.
  • If there is a plan, what steps need to be taken to defuse it?  
  • It's critical to keep yourself safe!  In defusing the plan don't do anything that would put you in harms way!!!!
  • Identify with the person at risk the resources that can help keep him/her safe.  Resources can include friends, relatives, co-workers, clergy, coaches, counselors/therapists.  It can also include organizations such as Mind Springs Health, or NAMI.