Saturday, April 13, 2013
It can be hard to know what to do when someone you know loses a loved one to suicide—or needs help himself. The executive director of Suicide Prevention Services offers some advice.
By Lauren Williamson Suicide can be a difficult topic to broach. But the conversations surrounding a death such as the one that occurred Thursday in La Grange can be an important part of the healing, said Stephanie Weber, executive director of Suicide Prevention Services in Batavia. “It shouldn’t be a stigma,” she said. “It shouldn’t be a secret.” When you know someone who has been directly impacted by the death, such as a family member or close friend, Weber said to first approach the person by giving him or her a hug and saying, “I am so sorry for your loss.” Then offer some concrete help, whether it’s bringing over a home-cooked meal or giving them a ride as they make arrangements. And simply let them talk. “Listen to them,” Weber said…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Bolingbrook police responded to Jewel-Osco in Bolingbrook Tuesday night to help locate a person who was thought to be suicidal, according to reports.
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Wednesday, January 9
Written by Melissa Sersland A 43-year-old Naperville man was found dead in his car Tuesday night after Bolingbrook police responded to a Bolingbrook parking lot in an attempt to find a person who was thought to be suicidal. Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Naperville Patch on Facebook. The incident took place at 8:35 p.m. at 1200 W. Boughton Rd., near Boughton Road and Weber Road in a Jewel-Osco parking lot in Bolingbrook. The preliminary investigation of the death appeared to be a suicide, according to police. The man was pronounced dead at 10:55 p.m. Officers cleared the area when they found a suspicious object near the body. The Bolingbrook Fire Department evaluated and handled the hazardous material …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
National Suicide Prevention Week is recognized Sept. 4-10.
Depression continues to have a stigma that often keeps those in need from realizing help is available or ashamed to seek assistance. Every 15 minutes, someone dies by suicide. The most recent numbers show that in 2007, it was the 11th leading cause of death in the United States. The week of Sept. 4-10 is Suicide Prevention Week. Parents from several Indian Prairie School District 204 schools may have received an email highlighting some of the risk factors and warning signs. Suicide takes the lives of teens and adults, men and women, of all races and cultures, with roughly 1 million people dying worldwide every year from suicide, according to the American Association of Suicidology. Suicide rates among youths, ages 15 through 24, have …