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Local Counselors Meet for Suicide Prevention Workshop

"Taking them seriously, when they are being dramatic, you know, is sometimes what we really need to do to know what's going on with them," says Charlene Arnett, C.E.O. of the Psychiatric Pavilion "Taking them seriously, when they are being dramatic, you know, is sometimes what we really need to do to know what's going on with them," says Charlene Arnett, C.E.O. of the Psychiatric Pavilion

Suicide rates are up across the country and many in our area wanted to bring the issue to light.

Potter and Randall counties have higher suicide rates than the state of Texas.  And suicide rates among teen girls are up 76 percent.

Many in the mental health community say talking to teens about problems in their lives can make a difference in life and death.

"Taking them seriously, when they are being dramatic, you know, is sometimes what we really need to do to know what's going on with them," says Charlene Arnett, C.E.O. of the Psychiatric Pavilion.

In our area, the 45 to 54 age group has the highest suicide rate.  In Texas, people ages 15 to 19 have higher rates than the national average.

But how can it be prevented?

Experts say look for the warning signs:

Any speech that indicates a person wanting to take his or her life

Dramatic changes in moods

Severe alcohol and drug use

Withdrawing from people

Lots of sleeping or not sleeping at all

Experts also say that if anyone shows these signs, to contact a crisis hotline immediately. 

An Amarillo number is 354-1810.  A national hotline number is 1-800-237-TALK.

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