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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Suicide crisis

November 28, 2013

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To the editor:

Kansas’ suicide rate (not attempts, dead Kansans) has risen 30 percent in the last year. Starting this week, Headquarters Counseling Center, the only Kansas agency on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has cut its hours 33 percent because its broke. This breaks a streak of HQ giving free counseling (suicide and other) every minute since 1969.

How many more dead sons, daughters, fathers and mothers would there have been this last year without a caring, mostly volunteer agency like Headquarters being on those phones.  We are closer to finding out. You get what you pay for, and what you don’t.

Comments

Addie Line 4 months, 2 weeks ago

A licensed, clinical psychologist is a doctorate degree. Some people practice counseling with a masters and license in say, clinical social work but are not considered psychologists.

Many psychiatrists nowadays recommend a combination of medication and therapy to treat mental illnesses such as depression and bipolar disorder. The best results tend to come from a combination of these two approaches, with therapy teaching coping mechanisms and helping discover some of the external forces affecting the persons mental state while the medication management regulates the chemical imbalance. Some psychiatrists do their own "talk therapy" while others just manage medication/shock therapy and refer clients to psychologists or licensed therapists.

It is true for some, usually situational, depression is short lived. But for many it is a result of a chemical imbalance or hormonal change (postpartum depression) and it is a lifelong battle.

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Greg DiVilbiss 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Ron, In addition to possible medication, it is important to see a therapist that specializes in helping you understand your depression and the trigger/causes or looking at the underlying issues that are causing the depression, for example, if you are being bullied and as a result you experience depression no amount of pills are going to help as long as you are being bullied. You need tools and techniques that can be used in crisis or in depression that can help you navigate whatever it is you are going through.

Medication may be a part of the solution but having tools that you can use yourself when hurting, is even more effective and empowering.

Suicide impacts survivors in such a profound and permanent way, the saddest part to me is that depression is relatively short lived and can be overcome.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes, thank you Ron, you have answered my question very well and now I am glad that I asked it. I will take what you wrote very seriously. I am now thinking that to someone who is suicidal somthing that a stranger says or does may be the final staw and they may see this as a sign that they are supposed to die.

We should all learn to watch how we talk to others and treat them. Maybe no conversation is an idle one.

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Addie Line 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Ron, for sharing and also for the information.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Forgive me and please do not be offended, but I have a question that I think is leigitimate. How does talking to a stanger on the phone change your mind about suicide one way or the other? I don't know if there is a solution to this.

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Jackie Jackasserson 4 months, 3 weeks ago

The solution was implied, as they have received funding streams in the past that were cut this year. The implied solution was restore funding.

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Brock Masters 4 months, 3 weeks ago

So what is the point of writing the letter if you don't offer a solution? As you said the organization is broke so how does it go about getting additional funding to operate?

The, "you get what you lay for," makes no sense in this context. No one is paying for this service.

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