For the sake of others: Resources |

For the sake of others: Resources

Scott Franz

If you or someone you know is in crisis: dial 911.

People also can call the following numbers for assistance:

■ Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide hotline: 970-846-8182

■ Colorado West Regional Mental Health: 970-879-2141 or 888-207-4004 for 24 hour emergency services.

■ National suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Warning signs:

In most cases, people show signs of distress before they commit suicide. Some of these include:

■ Withdrawing from family and friends

■ Acquiring a gun or pills

■ Losing interest in favorite activities

■ Giving away items and putting affairs in order

■ Showing no sense of humor

A more complete list can be found at

REPS also offers training in suicide prevention. Call 970-846-8182 for more information.

What you can do:

If a friend or loved one is threatening suicide, talking about or making plans for suicide:

■ Do not leave the person alone.

■ Remove from the vicinity any firearms, drugs or sharp objects that could be used used for suicide.

■ Take the person to an emergency room or walk-in clinic at a psychiatric hospital.

■ If a psychiatric facility is unavailable, go to your nearest hospital or clinic.

■ If the above options are unavailable, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Support groups:

The Depression/Bi-Polar, Anxiety Support Group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month in Conference Room #2 at Yampa Valley Medical Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Check the calendar at to see the most updated schedule.

The Heartbeat Suicide Survivor Support Group is available for anyone that has lost a loved one to suicide. Call REPS Executive Director, Ronna Autrey for times and dates at 970-846-8182.

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