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World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an online event as a way of encouraging even more people to join the suicide prevention movement.  Take5ToSaveLives.org is the NCSP’s  way of helping get people involved in suicide prevention.  This year’s new Take5 website incorporates a new color scheme and follows the IASP’s theme of  “Suicide Prevention across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope.”  It also includes a link to the National Lifeline Gallery where people can find stories of hope and recovery about suicide prevention.

Imminent Warning Signs of Suicide

If someone you know is threatening to hurt or kill him/herself, or talking of wanting to hurt or kill him/herself, this is an opportunity for you to prevent a suicide.  If they are looking for ways to kill him/herself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means, this should be taken seriously and viewed as an opportunity for suicide prevention.  If they are talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, seek immediate help from a mental health provider for suicide prevention.  If a mental health provider is not available and you need immediate assistance you can call 9-1-1 or go to the closest emergency room and indicate that this is a suicide prevention case.

If you or someone you love is feeling suicidal TALK TO SOMEONE – YOU ARE NOT ALONE.   There is some evidence that suggests the quicker a disorder is recognized and treated, the better the chances for a positive outcome.  Fortunately, there is now an Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in suicide prevention treatment.  Our programs provide services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting.  If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression, including suicidal thoughts, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan that can result in recovery for suicidal despair.  Treatment for depression and suicidal thoughts can be highly successful.  Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.