County focuses on suicide prevention

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Chautauqua County is reminding its residents of the resources available to prevent suicide.

Community members have access to materials that can help them share support, empowerment, education and hope.

Knowing the warning signs of suicide could be lifesaving for a person in crisis:

  • Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated, or behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

The Community Alliance of Suicide Prevention in Chautauqua County has developed materials that encourage community members to “reach out a hand.” They were distributed to 15 providers throughout the community,

There are a lot of questions suggested to ask a person who is suspected of being suicidal.

A Chautauqua County press release suggests, “Ask the person questions. Begin by telling the suicidal person you are concerned about them. Tell them specifically what they have said or done that makes you feel concerned about suicide. Don’t be afraid to ask whether the person is considering suicide, and whether they have a particular plan or method in mind. These questions will not push them toward suicide if they were not considering it.”

“Ask if they are seeing a clinician or are taking medication so the treating person can be contacted. Do not try to argue someone out of suicide. Instead, let them know you care, they are not alone and they can get help.”

Local Community Mental Health Resources:

  • Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline: 1-800-724-0461, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. Mobile Crisis Team, 5 p.m. – 9 a.m., 24 hour weekends and holidays, accessed through the Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline
  • Chautauqua County Mental Health Clinics, Jamestown: (716) 661-8330, Dunkirk: (716) 363-3550
  • WCA Hospital Mental Health, Jamestown: (716) 664-8641
  • The Resource Center Mental Health, Jamestown: (716) 661-1590, Dunkirk: (716) 366-6858
  • Hospice Chautauqua County Bereavement Services, Jamestown/Lakewood: (716) 338-0033, Dunkirk/Fredonia: (716) 672-6944, Mayville: (716) 753-5383
  • Mental Health Association Support and Linkages: (716) 661-9044

National Resources:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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