"Things in my life were pretty screwed up, and when my parents told me I was going to see a counselor, I wanted to tell them to shove it. Working with Meredith Van Ness was completely different than what I thought. She actually got it. She helped me figure some stuff out too. And she gave me some tools which have really helped me cope. Now my life feels a little less out of control, and things are really looking up."


Suicide and Prevention

If you feel at risk of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This call is free and accessible 24 hours a day, every day. The service is available to anyone and all calls are confidential. You may call for yourself or for someone you care about.

If suicide consumes your thoughts, it is important to keep yourself safe and share your feelings with a friend, family member, or partner. If such avenues are unsuccessful, or if you feel like more help is needed, talking to a professional is crucial. Remember, what you are going through is temporary, and while your current situation seems inescapable, it will not always be so bad. Breaking time down into manageable chunks—concentrating on getting through the next hour, the next day, the next week—will help you deal with your sense of desperation until you are able to work with a licensed professional.
If you think someone is suicidal, do not leave him or her alone. Try to get the person to seek immediate help from his or her doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room, if he or she will not seek help or call 911. Eliminate access to firearms or other potential tools for suicide, including unsupervised access to medications.

For more information, follow some of the links below.

Indicators of Risk for Suicide, by Samaritan Counseling Center clinician, Randy J. Simmonds, Ph.D., L.P.C. (http://samaritan-vail.org/index.php/vail-counseling/resources/indicators_of_risk_for_suicide/)

American Association of Suicidology - a resource for anyone concerned about suicide, including AAS members, suicide researchers, therapists, prevention specialists, survivors of suicide, and people who are themselves in crisis. (http://www.suicidology.org/)

CDC Suicide Information - Centers for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/suicide/index.html)

Suicide and Depression Awareness for Students (http://www.learnpsychology.org/suicide-depression-student-guidebook/)