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Sep 15

September Is Suicide Awareness Prevention Month

Posted on September 15, 2021 at 2:52 PM by Kevin Stahr

With September being Suicide Awareness Prevention Month, it is a good time to highlight this extremely important topic.

The Geneva Police Department employs a social worker, and the vast majority of our officers are crisis intervention trained. We are always here to assist those who may be having suicidal thoughts or may know of someone who is experiencing trouble. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) identifies several warning signs, including:

  • Increased alcohol and drug use;
  • Aggressive behavior;
  • Dramatic mood swings; and
  • Impulsive or reckless behavior.

Suicidal behaviors are a psychiatric emergency. People should seek immediate help from a health care provider or call 911 if a friend or loved one exhibits any of the following behaviors:

  • Collecting and saving pills or buying a weapon;
  • Giving away possessions;
  • Tying up loose ends, like organizing personal papers or paying off debts; and
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family

If you should desire an appointment with our social worker, you can call the Geneva Police Department at 630-232-4736. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, dial 911, and officers will be sent to assist you.

Police Chief Eric Passarelli

Eric Passarelli

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