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Recognize the warning signs of a person who may be suicidal and find ways to help. Fort Collins Coloradoan

For months, the coronavirus pandemic has been difficult — for those who are sick, for families of victims and for those at a higher risk of becoming infected. It’s been stressful for hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their jobs, for first responders and for so many others.

In addition to the ongoing pandemic, the recent killing of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday in Minnesota after a white officer pinned him to the ground, has spurred protests nationwide and impassioned discussions about racism in America.

Today, so many people are struggling during uncertain times.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, here are some mental health resources in our area that can help: 

Help for people in crisis 

Resources

Suicide warning signs

  • Feelings of being a burden, entrapment, unbearable pain
  • Increased anxiety
  • Isolation
  • Increased substance abuse
  • Looking for access to lethal means
  • Increased anger or rage
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Expressions of hopelessness
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking or posting about wanting to die
  • Making plans for suicide

How to help someone who is struggling

  • Ask how they’re feeling (don’t be afraid to use the word “suicide”)
  • Find out how to keep them safe
  • Be there for the person
  • Help them connect with resources
  • Follow up, even when they seem to be happy

SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Domestic violence

Resources

  • Call Crossroads Safehouse’s 24/7 helplines, which are staffed by trained advocates: 970-482-3502 or 888-541-7233 (toll free).
  • Call Alternatives to Violence at 970-880-1000.

Warning signs

Domestic violence is a pattern of abuse that can include physical, sexual, emotional, verbal and financial elements where the abuser’s conscious or unconscious goal is to gain or maintain control. There are not always physical signs of abuse.

Girls and young women ages 16-24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence.

Early warning signs of an abusive partner include: 

  • Controlling behavior
  • Guilt trips
  • Threats
  • Intimidation
  • Isolation 
  • Jealousy
  • Name-calling
  • Manipulation
  • Explosive temper
  • Mood swings
  • Checking your cellphone or email without permission

Holly Engelman is the planner/programmer at the Coloradoan. Contact her at hollyengelman@coloradoan.com. Support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.

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