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Three Suicides in Peoria in 24 Hours Prompts Police to Remind Residents Not to Kill Themselves

The Peoria Police Department has a message for residents: don't kill yourself.

In a 24-hour period starting at about 5 p.m. last Friday, three people in Peoria committed suicide. That, the Peoria PD says, is a lot.

"This is a time of the year where we see depression rise and this year is not different. If you are depressed seek some help; doctor, clergy or another professional," Peoria Police spokesman Mike Tellef says in an email.

If you or someone you know are thinking about ending it all, first have a look at some suggestions from the Peoria Police Department:

A suicidal person might be suicidal if he or she:
*         Talks about committing suicide
*         Has trouble eating or sleeping
*         Experiences drastic changes in behavior
*         Withdraws from friends and/or social activities
*         Loses interest in hobbies, work, school, etc.
*         Prepares for death by making out a will and final arrangements
*         Gives away prized possessions
*         Has attempted suicide before
*         Takes unnecessary risks
*         Has had recent severe losses
*         Is preoccupied with death and dying
*         Loses interest in their personal appearance
*         Increases their use of alcohol or drugs

What To Do

Here are some ways to be helpful to someone who is threatening suicide:
*         Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
*         Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
*         Be non-judgmental. Don't debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or feelings are good or bad. Don't lecture on the value of life.
*         Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
*         Don't dare him or her to do it.
*         Don't act shocked. This will put distance between you.
*         Don't be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
*         Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.
*         Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.
*         Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

Be Aware of Feelings

Many people at some time in their lives think about committing suicide. Most decide to live, because they eventually come to realize that the crisis is temporary and death is permanent. On other hand, people having a crisis sometimes perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel an utter loss of control. These are some of the feelings and things they experience:
*         Can't stop the pain
*         Can't think clearly
*         Can't make decisions
*         Can't see any way out
*         Can't sleep, eat or work
*         Can't get out of depression
*         Can't make the sadness go away
*         Can't see a future without pain
*         Can't see themselves as worthwhile
*         Can't get someone's attention
*         Can't seem to get control

If you experience these feelings, get help! If someone you know exhibits these symptoms, offer help!


*   A community mental health agency
 *   A private therapist or counselor
 *   A school counselor or psychologist
 *   A family physician
 *   A suicide prevention or crisis center

Some organizations you can call for help in our area are:

*         Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition (602) 248-TEEN (8336) or  1-800-248-TEEN

*         EMPACT: www.empact-spc.com at (480) 784-1500

*         National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/default.aspx at    1-800-273-TALK (8255)

*         Maricopa County Crisis Response Network  602-222-9444

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