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Kathy Cutler, addictions counsellor with the Mental Health and Addictions office in Burgeo, provided some suicide warning signs to look out for during a barbecue on Sept. 23.
Kathy Cutler, addictions counsellor with the Mental Health and Addictions office in Burgeo, provided some suicide warning signs to look out for during a barbecue on Sept. 23.

The Burgeo Help Committee and the Mental Health and Addictions office held Suicide Prevention Awareness Week Sept. 10-16.

On Sept. 23 a barbecue was held at the Calder Health Centre and Kathy Cutler, addictions counsellor, was present to provide information and answer questions on the topic.

Cutler said if you suspect someone may be suicidal, to ask if they have thoughts of suicide. If the answer is yes, ask if they have a plan and if any prior attempts. She said they should not be left alone.

Cutler advised to let the person know you care and want to help. Encourage and support them to get professional help. Contact the local emergency response team or police.

She then provided some warning signs to watch for such as mood changes or extreme changes in attitudes, feelings of hopelessness, withdrawal from family, loss of interest in usual activities, increases in drug or alcohol use, changes in eating, sleeping and personal hygiene.

Cutler said some of the more obvious could be giving away possessions, looking for ways to die and writing and talking about death.

On Sept. 23 a barbecue was held at the Calder Health Centre and Kathy Cutler, addictions counsellor, was present to provide information and answer questions on the topic.

Cutler said if you suspect someone may be suicidal, to ask if they have thoughts of suicide. If the answer is yes, ask if they have a plan and if any prior attempts. She said they should not be left alone.

Cutler advised to let the person know you care and want to help. Encourage and support them to get professional help. Contact the local emergency response team or police.

She then provided some warning signs to watch for such as mood changes or extreme changes in attitudes, feelings of hopelessness, withdrawal from family, loss of interest in usual activities, increases in drug or alcohol use, changes in eating, sleeping and personal hygiene.

Cutler said some of the more obvious could be giving away possessions, looking for ways to die and writing and talking about death.

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