Suicide is not the answer—help is available.

“Ninety percent of those who die by suicide are believed to have a treatable mental disorder,” said Sue Heguy, a clinical supervisor at CarePlus and the coordinator for the Bergen County Traumatic Loss Coalition, when speaking with Jim Leggate of Patch about the recent suicides in Bergen County.

“While the reasons that people choose to commit suicide by train vary, most of those deaths could be prevented,” Heguy said. “There’s hope and treatment available, you don’t have to die by suicide,” she added.

Heguy asked that anyone who notices warning signs of suicidal behavior – speaking about wanting to die or themes of hopelessness or purposelessness, increased use of alcohol or drugs, extreme mood swings, etc. – should stay with the person and call the hotline or bring them to a hospital emergency room.

The National Suicide Hotline can be reached at 1-800-273-8285, the New Jersey Hopeline can be reached at 855-654-6735, and the CarePlus hotline can be reached at 201-262-HELP (4357).

 

The full article can be found at FairLawn-SaddleBrook Patch