Mental Health Support ServicesSeptember 3, 2019
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Reducing the availability of highly lethal and commonly used suicide methods has been associated with declines in suicide rates of as much as 30-50% in other countries. In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, Chesterfield County and the Chesterfield Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition is partnering with “Lock and Talk Virginia” to prevent suicide and promote wellness.
This initiative aims to prevent suicides by limiting access to firearms and poisons during a mental health crisis and educating members of the public on how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of suicide. Decreasing access to lethal means by securing them in a locking container coupled with having open and honest discussions about suicidal thoughts can save lives, reduce stigma and encourage those struggling with their mental health to seek help.
Means restriction is one of the few empirically-based strategies to substantially reduce the number of suicides. In addition, Chesterfield County offers a variety of programs to help citizens recognize and respond to many different types of mental health crises.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call Chesterfield Mental Health Emergency Services at 804-748-6356 or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
For more information, visit www.chesterfield.gov/preventsuicide.