The COVID crisis has increased risk factors for suicide– such as depression, anxiety, and hazardous substance use.
Teens are at particular risk. In Rhode Island, there is a very high number of teens currently seeking treatment in EDs for thoughts about suicide or suicide attempts. The most common type of suicide attempt amongst teens in RI is ingestion – e.g., overdosing on Tylenol or other medicines or substances that are found in many households.
Being able to talk about suicide in a straightforward, confident way communicates to our patients and loved ones that it is okay to talk about suicide. This may increase the chance that they come to us when they need help. The more comfortable we can be talking about suicide, the more comfortable others may be in talking to us. Then, we can connect people with the help that they need.
We know that mental health problems exist in our homes and communities. They are common and they can be addressed through prevention, timely treatment, and concentrated community effort. Addressing the crisis starts with talking about it…in a way that is open, direct, and without judgment.
Providence Center crisis clinicians provide 24/7 telephone assistance for adults and children in crisis. Providence Center clinicians will triage the situation and recommend options for treatment.
This line also serves to provide consultation services to other providers seeking guidance or resources in relation to a patient in their care or their general practice. Providence Center clinicians can advise on topics such as discerning level of risk, de-escalation techniques, safety planning, and navigating community resources.