how you can help
Every threat of suicide should be taken seriously and most mental illnesses don’t improve on their own. If you think you or a loved one may attempt suicide, get help now.
If your loved one shows signs of mental illness, have an open and honest discussion with him or her about your concerns. You may not be able to force someone to get professional care, but you can offer encouragement and support. You can also help your loved one find a qualified mental health provider and make an appointment. Encourage teachers, parents, clergy, and others to be involved in the lives of your children. There are help classes offered in many towns, perhaps at your hospital.
what you can do
You DO have the power to make a difference. Here's how:
2. Contact local and national political figures
Urge them to vote for regulations that will prevent guns from getting into the hands of children.
3. Vote your conscience
Research political candidates’ positions on gun regulation and gun rights and vote your conscience.
4. Lock your Guns
Purchase trigger locks for your guns at gun stores, sporting goods stores, discount stores, home improvement stores and Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
when in CRISIS
1. Call 911 or your local emergency number.
2. Seek a specialist
Call your mental health specialist or the national suicide hotline.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
3. Call your doctor
Seek help from your primary care doctor or other health care provider.
4. Call a friend or family member
Reach out to a close friend or loved one.
5. Find your faith
Contact a minister, spiritual leader or someone else in your faith community.