During this sad time within our community following the death of two Hardin County students, Family Counseling Center, Inc. is working diligently to develop a formal plan to provide suicide prevention education with the school, students, parents, and the community as a whole.
Suicide is complicated and involves multiple risk factors. It is not simply the result of stress or difficult life circumstances. The best way to prevent suicide is through early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of depression and other mental health conditions, including substance use problems.
FCC, Inc. will continue to provide support to the people of Hardin County through crisis intervention, outpatient counseling services and increased accessibility within the school.
More information regarding the warning signs and risks for suicide can be found at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/suicide-prevention.
The following are crisis lines and resources that can be accessed:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 800-273-TALK (8255) Chat service and other information: Go to www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org .
Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741 Other information: Go to www.crisistextline.org
The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13–24 Trevor Lifeline: Call 1-866-488-7386 TrevorText: Text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200 TrevorChat and other information and resources: Go to www.trevorproject.org
Family Counseling Center, Inc. Call 618-658-2611. Local resource for 24/7 phone and face-to-face response. For other information and resources: Go to www.fccinconline.org .
Submitted by Alisha Foster, LCSW, Program Coordinator, on behalf of Family Counseling Center, Inc.