Counseling - Grief and Suicide

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RESOURCES FOR HELPING CHILDREN DEAL WITH GRIEF

Children and adults process grief in different ways. Below are some resources for helping your child deal with difficult and sad situations.
Need someone to talk to now? Call Alliance Behavioral Health 24-Hour Access and Information Line: (800) 510-9132.


RESOURCES FOR DEALING WITH SUICIDE RISK

If Your Child is in Crisis...

  • Do not leave your child alone.
  • Secure or remove items (e.g., medicine, firearm) from your home that could facilitate a suicide attempt.
  • Get professional help.
  1. Take your child to the emergency room or mental health center for evaluation immediately.
  2. Call the Alliance Behavioral Healthcare access and information line at 1-800-510-9132.
  3. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  4. Text TALK to 741741 to text with a trained crisis counselor.

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WARNING SIGNS

Perhaps the most important aspect of prevention is the ability to recognize warning signs for suicide and take them seriously. Intervention is a key component to suicide prevention. Individuals who are contemplating suicide can be helped.

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There is a misconception that people who talk about suicide will not actually act upon those ideas. This is a dangerous myth. The truth is that many people who die by suicide do talk about it.  Recognizing the kinds of phrases and conversations that may be a warning sign is important for early intervention. These conversations may take place in person or online.

The person who is considering suicide may talk about any of the following:

  • Killing self
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Having no reason to live
  • Being a burden
  • Feeling trapped
  • Being in unbearable pain

Behavior is another key warning sign. Someone who is at increased risk for suicide may show any of the following signs.

  • Increased drug/alcohol use
  • Searching for suicide methods online
  • Withdrawing from activities 
  • Isolating self from others
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away possessions
  • Agression
  • Fatigue

A person's mood can be a warning sign for suicide. Someone at increased risk for suicie may exhibit any of the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest
  • Irritability
  • Humuliation/shame
  • Agitation/anger
  • Relief/sudden improvement

 

PREVENTION

Strategies: There are many strategies to help decrease suicide

Strengthen mental health support

  • Including coverage of mental health conditions in insurance policies
  • Increate mental health providers in underserved areas

Promoting Connectedness

  • Student engagement programs
  • Community engagement activities

Building resilience and problem-solving skills

  • SEL Education
  • Parent and family relationship programs

Protective Environments

  • Reducing access to lethal means (guns, drugs, etc.)
  • Community-based policies to reduce drug and alcohol use

Increased identification of at-risk individuals

  • Training for educators, parents and peers
  • Crisis intervention plans
 

 


 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Alliance Behavioral Health- 24 Hour Access

1- 800-510-9132

SaySomething

1-844-572-9669

Holly Hills Hospital

919-250-7000

Mobile Crisis Plan

1-877-626-1772

North Raleigh Mental Health & Wellness

919-896-6998

 

THERAPEUTIC RESOURCES

Triangle Center for Behavioral Health

919-794-5496 or 919-794-5479

Horizon Integrated Wellness Group PLLC

919-585-5085

Greenleaf Psychological and Support Services

919-294-8981

3C Family Services

919-677-0101