A person stuck in the dark void of suicide feels alone, afraid and unable to reach out for help. Loved ones struggle to ease their pain.
But there's hope.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline -- implemented late this month -- offers prompt relief for those experiencing a suicidal crisis.
"Anyone can call it anytime," said Cher Hunter-Koss, Rim Guidance Center recovery specialist. "They have Spanish and English speakers."
The toll-free hotline is staffed with trained counselors who provide crucial feedback, prevention and intervention support.
Once out of immediate danger, calls are referred to local mental health professionals for further follow up and possible on-site support.
Meanwhile, Rim Guidance Center, at 404 W. Aero Dr., offers walk-in crisis services during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Hunt said the intake process is simple. Let the person at the front desk know you're considering suicide. Fill out a simple form, and meet with a crisis counselor.
"Say you're in crisis, you have to let us know," Hunt said.
Every year, 30,000 Americans die by their own hand, according to the National Suicide Prevention Initiative. Thousands more attempt suicide.
To contact the hotline, dial (800) 273-TALK (8255) or call Rim Guidance Center at (928) 474-3303.
For more suicide information, visit: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Suicide warning signs
- Obsessed with death, self-harm or suicide
- Engaging in risky behavior
- Increased substance and alcohol abuse
- Feeling anxious, hopeless, trapped, withdrawn
- Exhibiting uncontrollable anger and revenge
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration