McPherson County 911 posted about a hard subject for the holiday season on Monday. Following is that post in its entirety.
Today we need to discuss a difficult subject, but it's one that needs to be talked about. As we approach the holiday season, in the 9-1-1 center, there are two types of calls that we know we can count on - domestic disputes, and suicidal subjects.
It seems this season has been a particularly bad one for those in emotional distress. Please, if you know someone is thinking about suicide, urge them to seek help. If they won't do it, do it for them. It's not an easy topic to discuss, we realize this, but it's a situation where you could be saving someone's life. They might be mad at you, they may yell at you, they might say they'll never speak to again... but better to be angry than dead.
If you are feeling suicidal, PLEASE - TELL SOMEONE. There are so many resources available to you. Again, we want to express that we know it's not an easy topic, and you may not even know how to bring it up, but you need to find a way. If you can't bring yourself to talk to friends or family, there are churches, hotlines, hospitals, websites, etc. Depression is a monster... it is an illness. No one expects you to fight it alone. You wouldn't expect someone having a heart attack to just "chin up" and tell them they'll be better tomorrow. It's not fair to expect that from you. If no one else will say it to you, we will... please ask for help. There are so many people who are ready and willing to help you, all you have to do is ask.
Here' s a list of phone numbers and websites. Share as needed.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-TALK (24/7 hotline)
Prairie View - 1-800-362-0180 (24/7 hotline)
Hopeline - 1-800-SUICIDE (24/7 hotline)
McPherson County 911 - 620-245-1266 (24/7) OR 9-1-1
Here's a list of websites to find resources, conversation starters, signs to look out for, and so much more.
www.afsp.org/ (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ (National Suicide Prevention)
www.hopeline.com/ (Kristin Brooks Hope Center)