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September is National Suicide Prevention Month

 

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

How common is suicide risk?

Thoughts of suicide are more common than you might think. Nearly everyone, at some time in their life, thinks about suicide. There are many reasons that people often decide to live—because they realize that the crisis is temporary, but death is not, because they find people or reasons to live for, or because they decide to reach out for and get the help they need. But people in the middle of a crisis often believe they can’t escape and feel out of control of their lives. When in crisis, they can’t see any other way out, can’t stop the pain, and can’t see any possible change.

Nevada has an unfortunate reputation for suicide. In 2014, suicide was the 3rd leading cause of death for Nevada teens and young adults (between the ages of 15 and 24.) It’s also believed that for every teen that dies by suicide, between 100 and 200 teens have attempted. Previous suicide attempts are one of the largest risk factors for completing suicide. If someone you know has made an attempt before, it’s important to talk to them about suicide.

Many people believe that talking about suicide with a person might “give them the idea” and make them attempt, but that’s not the case—if they have already started showing some of the warning signs of suicide (below), suicide has already occurred to them as an option. People contemplating suicide often won’t bring it up to anyone, but if someone asks them if they’re feeling suicidal or thinking about killing themselves it is usually a relief to be asked and makes it easier for them to talk about it. Because suicide is such a taboo topic in general, anyone who feels suicidal may struggle to talk openly about it, and without talking about it they’re more likely to complete suicide.

Speaking directly and honestly with a close friend or loved one is one of the best ways to help them work through suicidal thoughts and feelings. So remember, ask about suicide if you’re worried for someone— you won’t be “putting it in their head,” and you might save their life.

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Be aware of the different warning signs:

• Are they talking about suicide, even jokingly?
• Do they say or seem to feel hopeless?
• Have they ever said anything like “I don’t know why I bother” or “There’s no point anyways”?
• Are they acting recklessly, like using drugs or alcohol, cutting class, driving dangerously or other risky behaviors, or doing other things they normally wouldn’t do?
• Have their emotions changed a lot, especially from happy to angry or sad?
• Are they withdrawing and cutting off friends and family?

There is a phrase to help remember some warning signs — IS PATH WARM?

So, how should you speak to someone who has told you that they are suicidal?

There’s no rulebook when it comes to suicide, but there are some important things to remember.

• Be direct and honest about suicide. Don’t be afraid to tell them that you’re concerned about them, ask about suicide, or talk about their feelings. It might be uncomfortable, but if you can’t communicate directly, then the other person may not feel comfortable expressing themselves.
• Remember to listen, don’t just be present. This person may describe their pain, their triggers, or their general feelings. They’ve been struggling with these topics, and they need to be heard. Only speak when needed, don’t interrupt or try to minimize their feelings. Never use phrases like, “Well, at least you don’t have cancer!” or “You really don’t mean that!” That’s not helpful.
• Also, avoid giving advice—they may have already tried your solution, or won’t appreciate you trying to ‘fix’ the situation. You can always make suggestions, like ‘have you tried talking to the school counselor?’ but don’t expect them to do it unless they want to.
• Offer empathy, not sympathy. While they seem like the same word, they’re not. Empathy means truly understanding someone, putting yourself in their shoes, and trying to understand why they’re in pain. Ask yourself—“How would I feel if I was going through this?”
• Keep your statements and expressions non-judgmental. If the other person feels that you’re judging them they’re going to shut down. Your conversation needs to feel safe for the other person, so don’t make them feel like their thoughts or feelings are wrong or bad.
• Take action!! Get help from people and agencies specializing in suicide and suicide prevention.
• If your friend isn’t sure how to go about finding a counselor, involving an adult is always helpful. This can be a favorite teacher, an extended family member like a grandparent, a church leader, or your own parent. Seeking a counselor usually involves going through the family’s insurance plan or calling 211 for low-cost counseling.

Resources for Help

• Suicide Hotline (1-800-273-8255 or text CARE to 741741)
Crisis Call Center (775-784-8090 or text LISTEN to 839863)
• 211—Referrals to low-cost, human assistance agencies throughout the country.
• American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) (www.asfp.org)
• The Trevor Project-LGBTQ (1-866-488-7386)
• Children’s Mobile Crisis Response Team (Northern Nevada: 775-688-1670, Southern and Rural Nevada: 702-486-7865)
• Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) (www.dbsalliance.org)
• National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) (Northern Nevada: 775-470-5600, Southern Nevada: 702-219-1675)
• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (1-800-662-4357)
• TUFF-Interfaith Pastoral Counseling, coaching, and trauma relief (Only Southern Nevada: 702-569-9901)

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Register Now! 2nd Annual Compassion through the Crisis Event – September 27, 2018

Complete the form below to register – Space is Limited!

Crisis Call Center is excited to present:

2nd Annual Compassion through the Crisis
Thursday, September 27th from 8-9 am
Nugget Casino Resort

Join us for this free informative breakfast to learn more about the Crisis Call Center’s mission and the hundreds of thousands of people we have helped through crisis over the past 50 years.

If you have used our services, donated, volunteered or worked for us, or just want to learn more about this organization that has become vital to our community and state, please come to this event!

Space is limited, and reservations are required to attend. To reserve your seat, fill out the form below and click “Submit” to sign up.

To register by phone or by email, contact Taylor Wilson at 775-221-7624 or email taylorw@crisiscallcenter.org.

We appreciate your support!

Complete this form to register and click SUBMIT below:

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More information: Compassion through the Crisis 2018

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Take Time For Yourself – Do Self-care!

Our lives can be frantic, but lets not forget about taking care of ‘me!’

It can happen to any of us; we invest so much time in worrying about others that we fail to take care of ourselves. That’s understandable, but it isn’t going to help anyone in the long run. An old teacher of mine once told me, “If we give everything we have to someone else we become the ones in need.” So, don’t stop caring, but don’t forget to take care of you.

Here are some great tips for taking care of yourself on any given day:

1) Fuel your body right: Try to eat balanced meals and give the body the nutrition it craves daily. Try to exercise at least a few times a week. Don’t have time? Try crock pot recipes to save time that would’ve been spent cooking towards gyming!

2) Pursue your intellectual passions: Read up on that hobby you love or do ‘that thing’ that you’ve been wanting to start today instead of watching another rerun or distracting yourself with some simpler entertainment. Progress towards a goal can be very rewarding.

3) Communicate more: We humans are social creatures. We crave the company of others in some way. When’s the last time you talked to an old friend? A family member? Wrote a letter or a card? Take time out of your day to engage others in your day; it could brighten up yours and another’s day!

Have a great week, and remember to take care of numero uno!

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September 28, 2017 – Compassion Through the Crisis: 50 Years and Beyond

Join Crisis Call Center on September 28, 2017 for Compassion Through the Crisis: 50 years and Beyond

This free event will be held from 8-9 a.m. at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, NV. A continental breakfast will be served. Reservations are required to attend this event. Call Taylor Wilson at 775-221-7624 or email taylorw@crisiscallcenter.org to RSVP or for more information.

 

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More information: http://crisiscallcenter.org/events-page/compassion-crisis-9-28-2017/

 

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January 15, 2017 – Power and Sexual Assault in the Arts: An Intimate Discussion

Join Crisis Call Center on January 15, 2017 for Power and Sexual Assault in the Arts: An Intimate Discussion

The event will be held from 2-5 pm at The Generator, 1240 Icehouse Ave., Sparks, NV.

Please RSVP here: facebook.com/events/997107657062196

More information: http://crisiscallcenter.org/events-page/power-and-sexual-assault-in-the-arts-an-intimate-discussion/

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Information:

Resources and information to help ensure that there is no safe haven for predation and sexual assault in our arts communities and organizations. The second in a series of quarterly events, featuring speakers from RPD, UNR, SASS, Crisis Call Center and advocates from all walks of life.

One of the hopes and intended consequences of this Town Hall is to bring awareness of the resources available to people who have experienced sexual assault, their families, friends and advocates. To create environments within the arts community, its works spaces, gatherings, organizations and events that foster support, respect and the safety of all artists and supporters of the arts.

It is our hope that those who express interest in this event, follow through on their personal convictions and act, be present and participate in the Town Hall and add their voices to the cause, in support of their sisters, daughters, mothers, aunts, grandmothers and wives and to teach, inform and educate their sons, brothers, others and fellow creators about the ways that we all can work together to end sexual violence and assault, one person at a time.
The event is on Sunday, January 15, the day before Martin Luther King’s birthday (which is a national holiday). This date allows for greater participation, so please mark your calendars and plan on bringing a friend. And thank you for being part of the solution, part of the discussion and part of the healing.

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Is Crime Happening More?

No! The Crime Decline in the U.S.A.

A recent article published by the Huffington Post is an important reminder of how our perceptions of the world today can be so different from what actually is.


Today, the national crime rate is about half of what it was at its height in 1991. Violent crime has fallen by 51 percent since 1991, and property crime by 43 percent. In 2013 the violent crime rate was the lowest since 1970. And this holds true for unreported crimes as well.

We’re excited to share with everyone the revelation that our country is getting safer every year–even if the media may not portray it. We want everyone to be safe, stay healthy, and lead a good life. Should anything ever bad happen, whatever that is, we want to be there to help. We can be called 24/7/365–(775)784-8090–Crime may slowly be getting to sleep, but we’re always awake.

Have a great day!

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Where Do Forensic Exams Take Place?

Inside Our Private Facility.

This front office is the face of our efforts to invite brave survivors to sit down, process, and ask any questions they have about anything. We discuss whatever is on their mind and will give them all the information they could need to make a decision that is right for them. Whatever that is, once our survivors are ready to move forward we support them in any way we can. What matters most to us is that they’re safe and on the way towards healing!



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April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM).

In the U.S. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).

The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educated communities on how to prevent it. Sexual violence is a major public health, human rights, and social justice issue. We need everyone’s help to end it.

 

Teal is the official color of SAAM. The teal ribbon is the symbol of sexual violence prevention.

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