Local mental health professionals offer resources as suicide calls rise

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – “We’ve seen a ton of that lately,” life management Crisis Services Director Jennifer Davis spoke of suicidal calls. “I was actually recognizing this upward trend only this week.”

Although people may seem happy and in the holiday spirit at this time of year, it’s important to recognize that they might have a brave face. Davis said suicidal calls came from all age groups in the third week of December.

The holidays can create pressure to attend parties, pressure to socialize, and pressure to be happy.

“The majority, they tend to say they are grieving the loss of a loved one and the holidays are especially difficult,” Davis said. “So it brings up negative feelings as well as thoughts that they want to hurt themselves.”

Davis said it’s important to ask questions. It’s a myth that asking could lead to problems.

Davis said these are some questions you can ask: “Do you have any thoughts that you want to hurt yourself? Have you considered harming yourself? Or more importantly, use the big word, “Have you thought about suicide?” »

If you or someone you know is in trouble, you can call Life Management’s 24-hour crisis line or another option would be to call their mobile response team.

The number is (850) 522-4485. The extension is 1833.

“So they’re actually going to be crisis counselors who can go to the person and help defuse the situation and then help them get resources,” Davis said.

Davis also said if you feel the need to get help, it’s always a good time.

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