World Suicide Prevention Day – How Mission RCMP can help
2023-09-11 02:02 PDT
September 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day, meant to help connect people to various supports, and to remind everyone that help is available.
Mission RCMP respond to multiple reports of people in crisis each week, and are able to connect the majority of those people to supports to help them get through the challenges they are experiencing. Corporal Harrison Mohr explains what someone can expect when officers respond to the report of someone in crisis:
Every situation is different, and every person experiences their struggles in a different way. Our officers will do their best to understand what you are going through, and how we can help. If someone called on your behalf, we will probably speak with them first to get some background information, so we have a better understanding of the situation. If you called yourself, our call-taker will stay on the line with you until we arrive, so that you know that we’re coming, and so that you can have someone to support you until we get there."
"Our most important job when we first meet with you is to listen. We want to try to understand what you’re feeling, whether you’ve done anything to try to hurt yourself, and how we can help. There are some times that we come and listen and are able to talk things through and make some referrals, and if you’re feeling better, we can leave you in the care of friends or family. There are other times when there are increased safety risks, or when you’re looking for immediate support, and we’ll help get you to the hospital instead, where a psychiatric nurse and a doctor will meet with you and provide a higher level of mental health care right away. Just know that we’re here for you, and you’re not alone. There are many others in the community who feel similar struggles – some call for help, and some suffer in silence. Please reach out if you or someone you know needs help. Our officers wear uniforms on the outside, but have big hearts on the inside, and we’ll do everything we can to help."
"After doing this job for years, and interacting with countless people having thoughts of self-harm, I can tell you that there are also countless people that I get to see weeks or months later, that have overcome those struggles and have found their smile again. Never give up hope – everyone needs a little help sometimes, and just know that there are brighter days ahead."
If you are having thoughts about hurting yourself, or you know someone who is, call 911. For support, you can also call the Fraser Health Crisis Line (24/7) at 604-951-8855, or visit talksuicide.ca.
Cpl. Harrison MohrMedia Relations Officer
7171 Oliver St, Mission, BC V2V 6H2
Website: mission.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
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