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Do’s and Don’ts of Suicide Prevention

May 31, 2023

Source: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 2021)
(Submitted by Seasons Center)

Conversation is key. Here are some do’s and don’ts when addressing the topic of suicide.

DO Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.

DO Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.

DO Get involved. Become available.

DO Show interest and support.

DO Be non-judgmental. DON’T debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad.

DON’T lecture on the value of life.

DON’T dare them to do it.

DON’T act shocked. This will put distance between you.

DON’T be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.

DO Offer hope that alternatives are available but DON’T offer insincere reassurance.

DO Take action. If needed, arrange to remove means (like weapons or pills).

DO Get help from people or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

If someone is in immediate need, dial 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline or 844-345-4569 Seasons 24/7 Crisis & Talk Line.

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Clay County Upper Des Moines 2023-2024 Back-To-School Applications are now available.  Applications will be accepted for students attending Head Start, Spencer grades 6-12, and K-12 in other Clay County school districts.  Students will receive a backpack with school/grade-specific supplies.  Students must live in Clay County and families must be income-eligible to qualify.  Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Deadline to apply is Friday, June 23rd.  For more information, contact the Clay County UDMO office at 712-262-7409 or stop into the office located at 19 10th St SW in Spencer.