If your family member is experiencing a mental health problem or life crisis, these simple steps can help protect your family and possible save a life.
STORE FIREARMS OFFSITE
Ask a trusted friend or family member to keep them temporarily until the situation improves.
If you can’t store the firearms away from the home, store them unloaded and locked in a gun safe or lock box. You can also lock them using a cable or trigger lock, which you may obtain from the local police. Locking devises using combinations are safer than those using keys.
LOCK UP MEDICATIONS
Store all medication in a lock box or locked medicine cabinet.
To dispose of unused medications, locate a medicine take-back program in your community or follow the FDA guidance: Mix the medicines with kitty litter or use coffee grounds in a sealable plastic bag. Then throw away the mixture in the trash.
Pay attention to your family members mood and behavior.
If you notice significant changes, ask them if they are thinking about suicide.
If you think they are in crisis, call emergency services at 970-252-6220, or 911, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. For non-urgent consultation, work with your primary care doctor or make a referral to mental health services. The Center for Mental Health can be reached at 970-252-3200.
Make sure your family member knows how to access the suicide prevention lifeline at: 1-800-273-8255 (24/7 Confidential and Free) or www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org