Tragedy like the Boston Marathon Bombings Can Raise Suicide Risk
We, at SPCNY, offer our deepest sympathies for all those persons and families affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings. We also want to thank the first responders and others who courageously helped the victims.
Disaster and sudden loss can raise troubling thoughts of suicide for victims.
It’s OK to be scared, especially as new information continues to be released. Do what you need to soothe yourself. If watching the news and talking to a pal on the phone makes you feel better, then go ahead and tune into coverage.
The point is to process within reason. If your feelings become overwhelming and anxiety rises, turn off the TV and take a break from the news.
Please seek immediate help if you or someone you know is feeling that life isn’t worth living or if you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others.
Your local crisis team, county or city mental health agency, or local hospital emergency room can help you.
Also, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, and you can reach it at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
And should Monday's events conjure uncontrollable emotions or resurface past issues, check out the following resources:
For a Resources and a Guide to Emotional Recovery after a disaster from the Red Cross, click here.
If you would like more information on Warning Signs, please click on Signs
For resources, click here
Our thoughts are with you.