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Suicide Prevention Information



            

FML … We’ve heard it, read it online, muttered it under our breath, or even said it out loud. FML usually comes up when a disaster happens. For example:
 
Game cancelled because of typhoon. #FML
Failed a class, 3-peat Senior. #FML
Lost my mom today. #FML

Let’s face it. Life isn’t perfect for anyone. It is inevitable to go through ups and down; sometimes the down seem to linger much longer than the up. But must we dwell in it? Is it truly possible to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel; the rainbow after the storm; the oasis in the desert?
 
“We win half the battle when we make up our minds to take the world as we find it, including the thorns.”
– Dr. Orison Swett Marden
 
 
#thenewFML is that much-needed boost of encouragement for us to turn things around. It is a call to think positively, no matter how hard life may seem at the moment. #thenewFML urges us to believe in our inner strength … or to find help when it gets overwhelming. It awakens the motivation from within each one of us to realize that there is hope, and to focus on life … your life.

                                                

                                                                                                                                                Click to view poster
Remember that with help, there is hope. And help can come in many different forms: your school counselor, your Nino, even your most trusted friend! So how would you re-define FML? Share it online on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and add #thenewFML. You never know who might see your post … it could be someone who’s been feeling low and need some dose of encouragement and inspiration – from you!
 
Have you participated in either safeTALK or ASIST? Have you used your suicide prevention and intervention skills in helping someone with thoughts or at risk of suicide? If your answer is yes, we need your help! Below is the Early Identification and Referral (EIRF) form which documents intervention and referrals made by our community gatekeepers (that’s you!).


Early Identification, Referral and Follow-up (EIRF) Individual Form

After assisting someone at risk, please complete this form and send to Grace Rosadino atmarygrace.rosadino@mail.dmhsa.guam.gov. For more information, contact 477-9079 thru 9083.

 EIRF Individual Fillable

 


What do we currently know on Guam?


For each statistical number documented about suicide attempts and suicide on Guam, we must always keep in mind that each number is about a person; a person with a family, friends, co-workers, classmates and acquaintances.  That person had a story about his or her life, the places of education, work, travel, and lived.  These individual stories can provide opportunities for us to learn some of the answers to the What, Why, Who, Where and When questions and perhaps in research, help us to prevent additional suicides from occurring.




Warning Signs

Seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling the National Prevention Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK if you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs:


  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking, about wanting to hurt or kill oneself

  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means

  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge

  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities - seemingly without thinking

  • Feeling trapped - like there's no way out

  • Increasing alcohol or drug use

  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society

  • Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time

  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes

  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life



Where to Get Help
 


Life Works Guam: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Suicide Prevention Program and Rainbows for All Children Guam
Contact: Marie Virata Halloran 
Phone: 671-632-0257

 

 

University of Guam, I Pinangon, Campus Suicide Prevention Program

Phone: 671-735-2888/9

Address:
I Pinangon Campus Suicide Prevention Program
Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences
College of Liberal Art & Social Sciences
UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923

 


Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center
CRISIS HOTLINE: 647-8833

Phone: 477-9079 through 9083 

 

 

OTHER LOCAL AND NATIONAL HOTLINES:
  • Local Emergency: 911
  • Sanctuary Hotline: (671) 475-7100
  • Suicide Hotline: 1-800-621-4000
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 
  • 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Teen Suicide Hotline: 1-800-552-8336
  • Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-843-5200 

 





SAFETALK is a three-hour training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, and to address them with the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, Keep-Safe), connecting callers to suicide first aid, and intervention caregivers.
 
Training dates are as follows:
  • June 3, 2015
  • June 22, 2015
  • July 17, 2015
  • August 14, 2015

 

The APPLIED SUICIDE INTERVENTION SKILLS TRAINING (ASIST) workshop is a two-day workshop for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.
 
For inquiries, call PEACE office at 477-9079 thru 9083. ASIST trainings are as follows:
 
ASIST
 
  • June 15-16, 2015
  • June 29-30, 2015
  • July 22-23, 2015
  • August 20-21, 2015
  • September 17-18, 2015
 ASIST Registration Form




The Connect Suicide Postvention program increases the capacity of a community or organization to respond effectively to a suicide death in order to prevent additional suicides and promote healing for survivors of suicide loss. The shock and grief of a suicide goes well beyond immediate family and friends and can ripple throughout the community affecting friends, co-workers, schools and faith communities.
  • May 29, 2015 (Social Services)
  • June 26, 2015 (Education)
  • July 31, 2015 (Law Enforcement)
  • August 28, 2015 (Social Services)
  • September 25, 2015 (Education)
 Connect Registration Forms


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