ACKERMAN: Suicide prevention - What you should know

It's been a year since my brother-in-law took his own life. Sometimes, the people you think have it all need to share the most.

Tom Ackerman
September 26, 2019 - 12:50 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Andy was a kind, gentle soul who treated everyone with respect. He loved the outdoors. Loved surfing. Loved his family. Loved food.

But inside, he was fighting.

It's been a year since my brother-in-law took his own life. Sometimes, the people you think have it all ... need to share the most.

I mention this because 1., the odds are pretty good that you or someone you know is going through something similar (Missouri, for example, has one of the nation's highest suicide rates) and 2., there is something we can do about it.

September is "Suicide Prevention Month," and I thought I would bring in someone to answer some questions that you might have, but never made the call to a 24-Hour Crisis Line. (That local number, by the way, is 314-647-4357.)

Shelby Zurick is one of the people who answers the phones at Provident Behavioral Health. And in this "KMOX Profile" we discuss the important topic of mental health - how to recognize signs that you or someone you know needs help.

The hardest part is making the call.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, 24/7 service that can provide those who are suicidal with support, information and local resources. Call 800-273-TALK (8255) for help now. 

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