Welcome to the
Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition
AOASPC is a resource, not a hotline or counseling center
In Crisis? Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Suicide is a scary topic, and it is terrifying to think that a loved one may be considering it. Follow the below steps to assist in helping your friend or loved one.
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
For immediate help, anytime, day or night!
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, funded by the Federal Government, provides immediate assistance to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest crisis center in their area. The hotline also provides help and assistance if you are concerned about a friend or loved one. For more information about the lifeline, click here.
What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal:
- Talk to them alone in a private setting;
- Ask them if they are thinking of killing themselves or are suicidal;
- Ask them if they have a plan.
- If the answer is yes, take them to the Emergency Room or contact your local Crisis Intervention center RIGHT AWAY and DON'T leave them alone.
- If the answer is no, make an appointment for them to see their therapist, psychiatrist, or doctor as soon as possible, and ask them how you can help them. Try to get them help as soon as possible. Ask them to make an agreement with you that they will not hurt themselves before they get help, or that they will contact you if they feel they are in crisis, or feeling worse.
Over 90% of peple who die by suicide had a diagnosable and treatable mental illness at the time of death. Experts agree that clinical depression is one of the biggest risk factors for suicidal thoughts. Depression can be treated with medicine, counseling, or a combination of the two. Approximately 80% of the people who seek help for their depression improve with treatment. Therapies such as cognitive behavioral and interpersonal (talk) therapy can help with depression. There are many medications now available, or a combination of both medication and therapy can prove to be very effective in treating depression. Remember that if one medication doesn't work, it doesn't mean they all won't work. Often times a person has to go through a period of trial and error to find the treatment that works best for them.
WHERE TO GET HELP
Other places to get help:
- Mental health specialists, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, or mental health counselors
- Family doctors
- Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
- Community mental health centers
- Hospital psychiatry departments and outpatient clinics
- University or medical school programs
- State hospital outpatient clinics
- Family services, social agencies, or clergy
- Private clinics and facilities
- Local medical and/or psychiatric societies
- Health maintenance organizations
Check your local universities that offer graduate training in psychology or psychiatry. They often offer low cost therapy or medication management.
Please visit our Resources page for further information on where to get help.
To make a difference and increase awarenss of suicide prevention, click here to JOIN AOASPC today!