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September is National

Suicide Prevention

Month


From Prevent Suicide CT:

Warning Signs

Call 9-1-1 or seek immediate help from a mental health provider when you hear or see any one of these behaviors:

  • Someone threatening to hurt or kill themselves
  • Someone looking for ways to kill themselves: seeking access to pills, weapons, or other means
  • Someone talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide

Seek help by contracting a mental health professional or calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-273-TALK for a referral should you witness, hear, or see anyone exhibiting any one or more of these behaviors:

  • Hopelessness
  • Rage, anger, 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, or society
  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life

Risk Factors

Risk factors are stressful events, situations, and/or conditions that are associated with greater potential for suicide and suicidal behavior. According to the Surgeon General, these include but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol and/or substance abuse
  • Past suicide attempts
  • Traumatic loss
  • Impulsive and or aggressive tendencies
  • Easy access to lethal methods especially guns
  • Significant disappointment, humiliation, or loss of status (e.g. break up, arrest)

Protective Factors for Suicide

  • Effective clinical care for mental, physical and substance use disorders
  • Easy access to a variety of clinical interventions and support for helpseeking
  • Restricted access to highly lethal means of suicide
  • Strong connections to family and community support
  • Support through ongoing medical and mental health care relationships
  • Skills in problem solving, conflict resolution and nonviolent handling of disputes
  • Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support self preservation

However, positive resistance to suicide is not permanent, so programs that support and maintain protection against suicide should be ongoing.

http://www.preventsuicidect.org/




From The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects data about mortality in the U.S., including deaths by suicide. In 2011 (the most recent year for which data are available), 39,518 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans (Figure 1).In that year, someone in the country died by suicide every 13.3 minutes.


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the nation’s leading organization bringing together people across communities and backgrounds to understand and prevent suicide, and to help heal the pain it causes. Individuals, families, and communities who have been personally touched by suicide are the moving force behind everything we do.

  • We strive for a world that is free of suicide.
  • We support research, because understanding the causes of suicide is vital to saving lives.
  • We educate others in order to foster understanding and inspire action.
  • We offer a caring community to those who have lost someone they love to suicide, or who are struggling with thoughts of suicide themselves.
  • We advocate to ensure that federal, state, and local governments do all they can to prevent suicide, and to support and care for those at risk.


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§ 131 — DISPOSAL OF UNWANTED MEDICATION

§ 131 — DISPOSAL OF UNWANTED MEDICATION
The bill requires the Consumer Protection Department (DCP), in consultation with the Connecticut Pharmacists Association and Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, to develop and implement a program to collect and dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals (medication). The program must provide for (1) a secure locked box accessible to the public 24 hours a day to drop off unwanted medication anonymously at all local police stations and (2) transporting the medication to a biomedical waste treatment facility for incineration.
The bill requires DCP, within available appropriations, to organize a public awareness campaign to educate the public about the program and the dangers of unsafe medication disposal. It also allows DCP to adopt implementing regulations.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2014

http://cga.ct.gov/2014/BA/2014HB-05597-R00-BA.htm
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What CAN and CANNOT be discarded in local medication drop-boxes

YES:
• Over-the-counter medications
• Prescription medications
• Medication samples
• Medications for household pets
• Medicated lotions or ointments

NO:
• Needles or other “sharps”
• Hazardous waste
• Thermometers
• Personal care products (shampoo, etc.)

Present Active Drop Box Programs in the Capital Area Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) Region

CANTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
45 RIVER RD COLLINSVILLE CT 06019

FARMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
319 NEW BRITAIN AVE UNIONVILLE CT 06085

NEWINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
131 CEDAR ST NEWINGTON CT 06111

SIMSBURY POLICE DEPARTMENT
PO BOX 495 SIMSBURY CT 06070

WINDSOR LOCKS POLICE DEPARTMENT
4 VOLUNTEER DR WINDSOR LOCKS CT 06096


 

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