Harris County Sheriff's Office Offers Resources for Suicide Prevention
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Harris County Sheriff's Office Offers Resources for Suicide Prevention

September 03 2023

In honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Harris County Sheriff's Office is coming together to raise awareness around a complex topic while remembering those we have lost. The month of September offers a time to support those affected by suicide, share memories of loved ones, reduce the stigma through education, and encourage those needing help and resources.  

The Harris County Sheriff's Office aims to actively address behavioral health issues in Harris County through meaningful partnerships, specialized training, and model programs, striving to serve residents compassionately while prioritizing the community’s safety.  

The following warning signs from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event.  
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or being a burden to others 
  • Substance abuse 
  • Acting anxious or behaving recklessly 
  • Sleeping too little or too much 
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves 
  • Showing rage or extreme mood swings 

If you or someone you know is having a hard time, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 for free, confidential support 24/7. 

In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, our Behavioral Health and Mental Health Divisions are joining forces with The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD to host a Facebook Live discussion on suicide prevention resources and to answer questions from the community on crisis support. Tune into the livestream on the HCSO Facebook Page at 1 p.m., on Friday, September 8, 2023. Don't miss it.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office encourages the community to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention. While there is no single cause for suicide, there are risk factors and warning signs we can learn. And we can stand together to build a world rooted in neighbors helping neighbors. It can save lives. 

Source: HCSO

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