In light of the recent suicides of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, the DuPage County Health Department is reminding residents of the suicide prevention services it offers.
The Health Department offers a local crisis hotline at 630-627-1700 for anyone experiencing mental health crises or for those who may be in need of other resources within the county, a news release stated.
A mental health crisis can be any situation where an individual exhibits extreme emotional disturbance or distress. Examples of mental health crises can include depression, trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, self-injury and suicidal thoughts, the release stated.
To reach the crisis text line, text “REACH” to 741741. The crisis text line serves anyone in any type of crisis and provides access to free, 24/7 support and information from trained counselors, according to the release.
Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a network of 161 centers across the country that offers free and confidential emotional support to people in crisis or distress, the release stated.
Anyone having thoughts of suicide or feeling overwhelmed and alone can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK or the Health Department Crisis Hotline at 630-627-1700, according to the release.
All calls received by the Health Department through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline as well as the Crisis Hotline are answered by clinical staff who are trained in crisis intervention and have the skills to aid callers in distress, the release stated.