Suicide Prevention Month

From the Desk of Sheriff Prummell-

Right now, as you read this, someone in our community is thinking about ending their life. Depression on its own can be debilitating; but is even more challenging in today’s “socially distant” world. Many people have lost their ability to see friends and family members, go out and do things they enjoy, or even go to work. This can increase or amplify the symptoms of depression, perhaps leading to suicidal ideations.

CCSO deputies encounter people every day who are struggling to cope with these circumstances. For this reason, we partner with Charlotte Behavioral Health Care to make sure that when our deputies are called upon, they are well-trained and prepared to assist those individuals with empathy, sincerity, and tact. Furthermore, our deputies are well-versed to make appropriate referrals to services, which may include Baker Acts and Marchman Acts.

I take mental health very seriously, and that’s why I require my deputies to be trained with the most up-to-date best practices. I can only hope that the call is made, and we can provide the right response and the belief that things can get better.

What You Can Do: If you believe that someone you know may be considering suicide, talk to them about it, and listen to them. They need to be able to share their feelings without fear of judgment. Showing the individual that you care enough to ask them how they are and what they are feeling may help them reconsider their options. Encourage them to seek treatment and help them find local resources or make an appointment. If you are not with the person, but believe that they are suicidal, call 9-1-1 immediately.

If You Are Considering Suicide: If you are having suicidal thoughts, call the 24-hour Crisis Line at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care at 941-575-0222 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

You are valued. You are loved. Things can get better.

Stay strong and stay safe.

For more information, visit, Charlotte Behavioral Health Care          

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.

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