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Connecting Families with Resources for Suicide Prevention

At Families First we measure success by helping families achieve access to things that benefit them, helping families establish and maintain healthy relationships and connections, and we are committed to enhancing the ability to view their futures with positive and achievable goals that enrich and enhance lives.  By focusing our efforts in these areas we help families build resiliency and move families from surviving to thriving. 

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Families First has many years of experience responding to suicide prevention efforts.  Here is some advice from our experts: 

An understanding on “what is a crisis situation” will help you and your family make decisions for safety.  

  1. A concerning matter is when you or a loved one have been feeling frequent sadness, anger, anxiety, or loneliness for more than a week.  These situations require attention, and you may want to schedule an appointment with a doctor or mental health professional.
  2. An urgent matter is when you or a loved one have been feeling any of the above with the added thoughts of “why am I here, who cares if I die, no one will miss me, I am a burden”.  Even though a person may contemplate passive suicidal thoughts without a plan or any expressed intent, these thoughts are serious, and can escalate. This situation calls for an urgent appointment with a mental health provider. An urgent appointment can still take days and up to a week but it’s an important step.
  3. An emergent matter is if you or a loved one is feeling the emotions described in #1 and are convinced and/or expressed suicidal thoughts.  A person may have had a plan; may have harmed him/herself to test the possibility of suicide, have access to deadly means, loss of emotional control, may have engaged in a failed attempt, other behaviors and gestures of self-harm and active threats of suicide. These situations require immediate attention and should be admitted to the emergency room at the nearest hospital.

If you have a loved one that has a history of suicidal ideation and it has affected your mental health, there is support for you too.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is an organization with a rich history of helping family members by providing support and access to supportive services:

  • NAMI Georgia Helpline 770-408-0625 or Text “NAMI” to 741741

If you or your family is going through an urgent situation and need assistance from professionals to assess the situation (even if you are not sure if it’s urgent or emergent), Please call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) 24/7: 

  • GCAL 1-800-715-4225 

For mental health counseling services, you may call Families First and make an appointment. Our counselors and clinical social workers are experienced in assessing and processing crisis situations:

Our professionals at Families First are committed to building resiliency for families to thrive. Mental health is something that has ups and downs and we want you to know that you are not alone. We are here to help you and your family achieve your fullest potential and collect more joyful moments in your lives.

 

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