National Suicide Prevention Week, September 10th to 16th
The first call of the morning was a crisis. A frantic parent from out of town. She was concerned for the safety of her son. She repeated over and over,
“I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to do.”
She had spoken with her son who ended their conversation stating that he was going to kill himself. Then, to all intents and purposes, he disappeared.
“Please help me find my son before it’s too late.”
Whilst Nuçi’s Space is not a crisis center, from time to time someone will reach out to us when they simply do not know where to turn, it may be way outside of our work area. In this instance, I am unable to assist other than to say, contact the police. However I am also a human being, and as such there was no way I was going to let her waste valuable time having to explain everything all over again in an attempt to get assistance. Especially when she was unable to even think and speak coherently. Instead, I started making the needed calls.
We talked on and off for most of the morning until she was a little calmer. Everything that could be was in hand, and we were just waiting…
The police found her son.
He was in a hotel room.
He was intent on ending his life and so was taken to a hospital.
Four days later I got to meet him. He chose to come to Nuçi’s Space to get set up with a network of support systems including a Support Group, a Doctor, and a Counselor. We made up a crisis plan to ensure he knows what to do as and when things happen. Between us all, we will be able to get him back on track and he can put this depressive episode well behind him.
I asked him what had happened, what was it that brought him to such a low point.
He said that he had been in a depression for over six months and it just wouldn’t let up. During this time he did nothing to improve his mental health. He was miserable and so isolated himself from everyone he knew. Meanwhile, anxiety kicked in, working with his depression to disable him further. Eventually, he lost his only source of income and was in danger of loosing his home. Each day he went further and further down as his situation became more and more difficult and he became more depressed.
He was angry with his mum for not acquiescing to his wishes. She had said she would only keep sending him money if she could come and see that he was ok. His depression had robbed him of the ability to think with clarity or with logic and reason, and as far as was concerned his mother and brother hated him, were trying to control him. He was worthless, friendless, unloved, a burden to all who knew him and his only course of action, to make things easier for everyone was to end his life.
Just four days had passed, and he was astonished how real his thoughts and the pain were and how he believed, that what his depressed self, was telling him was logical and reasoned. How ridiculous it sounded now he was in good health.
How easily he could have ended his life, over something that quite obviously wasn’t real. Or true.
How to Help
When you think someone is going to harm themselves and they go missing, call their local police office. If a person can be found the police have the resources to find people quicker than anyone else.
When someone you know is at risk, you can find resources here. If a crisis occurs, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 Deaf and hard of hearing 1-800-273-8255 En Español Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio 1-888-628-9454. You Matter is a national young person lifeline.
You can avert a crisis by seeking help earlier.
To take control of your mental health find a therapist just enter your location and hit search.
For further information, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a vital national resource.
Please help us, make a note of these resources and share them when appropriate.
You can call us here at Nuçi’s Space during office hours Monday through Friday 706-227-1515 or E-mail Lesley
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