YOU’RE NOT ALONE Resources to Prevent Senior Suicide
Suicide is a serious problem in the United States. It can impact anyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, or economic status, but our seniors are often at the greatest risk. This is a scary reality, but there is help out there! These are a few resources available to seniors and their families when dealing with suicide. For Seniors in Need: Friendship Line Launched by the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention, the toll-free Friendship Line is the only accredited crisis line in the United States for people ages 60 and older. Seniors do not often contact traditional suicide prevention centers, so in addition to accepting calls, the Friendship Line’s team of trained volunteers will also reach out to older adults who are at risk. This is both a crisis intervention hotline for suicide prevention and a warm line to provide emotional support to lonely or grieving seniors. Phone Number: 800-971-0016 Website: ioaging.org/services/all-inclusive-health-care/ friendship-line
For Family Members: Suicide Prevention Toolkit It can be difficult to talk to our loved ones about suicide. We’re often afraid that bringing up the topic may upset them, or that they will feel attacked, which could “push them over the edge.” But ignoring the problem and warning signs of suicide in seniors is very dangerous. The Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health created a valuable toolkit with warning signs and strategies for dealing with senior suicide. Digital copy available at ccsmh.ca/projects/suicide . Don’t wait until it’s too late to look for answers about suicide. Pay attention to the warning signs, and do what you can to help avoid a preventable tragedy.
Ingredients • 1 small loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups) • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 2 large tomatoes, cubed • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and cubed Directions 1. Place a large sauté pan over salt, and toss often for 10 minutes or until toasted. 2. In a large bowl, mix vegetables and herbs. Toss in bread and medium-low heat and add olive oil. Add bread and 1 teaspoon
• 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced • 1 cucumber, sliced into rounds • 20 basil leaves, chopped
• Salt, to taste • Vinaigrette
your favorite vinaigrette and mix again. 3. Serve immediately or let sit 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
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