UPDATE: Suicides, Attempts and Threats; January 2016

During the month of January 2016, Blendon Township Police Officers responded to; 4 suicide threats, 2 suicide attempts, and one actual suicide.

Suicide Prevention

If you’ve had suicidal thoughts, you’re not weak or flawed, and you’re not alone.

Suicide is one of those subjects that many of us feel uncomfortable discussing. If you're the one feeling suicidal, you may be afraid that you'll be judged or labeled "crazy" if you open up. Or maybe that no one could possibly understand. It's not much easier for concerned friends and family members who may hesitate to speak up for fear that they're wrong or might say the wrong thing.

The important thing to understand is that feeling suicidal is not a character defect; it only means that the person has more pain than they feel capable of coping with. But help is out there. Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. So don't wait: reach out.

How to Help Someone who is Thinking about Suicide

A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn't mean that help isn't wanted. Most people who commit suicide don't want to die—they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, you might be afraid to bring up the subject. But talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.

Whether the person hurting is you or someone else - get help NOW! We care and we will respond to help;

Emergency 9-1-1

Blendon Township Police Dispatcher; (614) 889-9494

Blendon Twp/Westerville Fire Department; (614) 901-6600

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org