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24/7 Free Help Available for Granite Staters in Crisis

Suicide Prevention Hotline employee Joshua Drummond is among those provided free 24/7 help to Granite Staters in crisis. (Headrest)
Suicide Prevention Hotline employee Joshua Drummond is among those provided free 24/7 help to Granite Staters in crisis. (Headrest)
October 10, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. – Help is available around the clock, ready to do risk assessment and provide immediate, free help for Granite Staters who are thinking of dying by suicide.

Caleb Kelton, who coordinates the National Suicide Prevention Hotline in New Hampshire, says events that can plunge people into crisis include a breakup with a boy or girlfriend or the loss of a close family member.

He says help is available for people of all ages in most any type of crisis, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

"That it's there, it's available to everybody, it's free,” he stresses. “There's always somebody to talk to, you know, pretty much whatever is going on – substance abuse, suicide, mental health."

Kelton says those taking the crisis calls look for buffers, ways to connect the caller for help that reduces the immediate risk.

Kelton points out suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 10 to 24 and young men are at the highest risk.

Calls are free and confidential. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline number is 800-273-8255, or 800-273-TALK.

Kelton says a clear priority is callers who are at the most risk, because they have indicated that they already have the means available to kill themselves.

"If they are sitting there with a bottle of pills or a gun, they're not connected to community services, they're not connected to other people in any significant way, you know,” he explains. “We'll try to come up with a safety plan with them, obviously try to see if we can get somebody else to hang onto whatever they are thinking of using."

Kelton says there is plenty of help available, and the Suicide Prevention Hotline is a good way to find out about ways to get help.

"A lot of these people would benefit from therapy, from medication, stuff like that – from getting plugged in to community services, so that's probably the best thing," he stresses.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH