For the sake of others: Resources

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For the sake of others

Guilt. Sorrow. Mind-blowing pain. Loved ones often feel all of these emotions after they lose someone to suicide. In the years after, many of them are able to redefine their lives and even grow from the tragedy. They become people who want to help others avoid all of that pain.

If you or someone you know is in crisis: dial 911.

People also can call the following numbers for assistance:

■ Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide hotline: 970-846-8182

■ Colorado West Regional Mental Health: 970-879-2141 or 888-207-4004 for 24 hour emergency services.

■ National suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Warning signs:

In most cases, people show signs of distress before they commit suicide. Some of these include:

■ Withdrawing from family and friends

■ Acquiring a gun or pills

■ Losing interest in favorite activities

■ Giving away items and putting affairs in order

■ Showing no sense of humor

A more complete list can be found at www.preservinglife.org.

REPS also offers training in suicide prevention. Call 970-846-8182 for more information.

What you can do:

If a friend or loved one is threatening suicide, talking about or making plans for suicide:

■ Do not leave the person alone.

■ Remove from the vicinity any firearms, drugs or sharp objects that could be used used for suicide.

■ Take the person to an emergency room or walk-in clinic at a psychiatric hospital.

■ If a psychiatric facility is unavailable, go to your nearest hospital or clinic.

■ If the above options are unavailable, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Support groups:

The Depression/Bi-Polar, Anxiety Support Group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month in Conference Room #2 at Yampa Valley Medical Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Check the calendar at www.preservinglife.org to see the most updated schedule.

The Heartbeat Suicide Survivor Support Group is available for anyone that has lost a loved one to suicide. Call REPS Executive Director, Ronna Autrey for times and dates at 970-846-8182.

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