Economic Crisis Suicide Prevention

Suicide and crisis centers in our area have seen an increase in calls related to the economy.

Fortunately, none have resulted in suicide.

But they say if the economy worsens, the situation could change. Still, there are several warning signs you can look for to prevent a tragedy.

"Increased anxiety, worry, apprehension, nervousness, uncertainty," said Dr. David Egerton, psychologist at Texas Tech. "And probably a general sense of helplessness."

Psychologists say the first step in suicide prevention is finding help. For people in the Panhandle, help is just a phone call away.

"We are the number to call when you don't know who to call," said Kelly Stephens, 2-1-1 Texas supervisor. "Just pick up the phone and call 2-1-1 and find out what is available in the community so you can make ends meet."

Stephens adds that 2-1-1 Texas is the number one resource in our area for economic hardship.

"If they are going through any kind of economic hardship, food is the number one way they can save money," Stephens said. "They can call 2-1-1, we can tell them where to go for a food pantry, if they can supplement their food they can save up to 200 dollars a month to put towards another bill."

The call center connects people with local services 24 hours a day. All calls are confidential and free of charge.