Feb 15, 2010 8:12 AM by Matt Stafford

Making a tough job even tougher

The same reasons that make some people so happy on Valentines Day can have the opposite effects on others.

Suicide prevention volunteers say often, thoughts of suicide surround money, the holidays and relationships.

"Valentines Day is obviously a day where people pay more attention to relationships," says Terri Ann Naughton, the board chairman for the Suicide Prevention Partnership for the Pikes Peak Region.

Naughton says most suicides come after a major break up.

"On or around Valentines Day, this region has had suicides," explains Naughton. "Are they greater or less than any other day? They are a little bit greater but not significantly."

Even so, because of the day, volunteers say the chance of a call is strong.

It takes a focused individual to handle these types of calls.

"Our volunteers are very dedicated, some of them have been doing this for many years," says Naughton. "They are 110 percent present for that client."

Many have very personal ties to the issue of suicide.

"No matter what they day of they year that a caller calls our hotline, we're as present, as ready and as willing to help, no matter what the day is," says Naughton.

So this holiday, and others, they'll be ready to help.

If you, or someone you know, have a crisis and needs some help, you can find resources from the suicide prevention partnership by clicking here.

Those needing immediate help can call one of these crisis hotlines:

Suicide Prevention Hotline - (719) 596-LIFE (5433)
National Suicide Crisis Line - 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)



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