2018-07-05 / Local & State

TrueNorth Offers Local Crisis Unit

For those at risk of suicide
By Cassidy Pittman
STAFF WRITER

Last month two wellknown celebrities, Kate Spade, fashion designer, and Anthony Bourdain, chef, writer and host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” took their own lives. Both known for their unique personalities and colorful flare for life, their decision to commit suicide shocked the world.

Today, suicide is becoming an international problem. According to TrueNorth Wellness Services, a behavioral health and services provider, approximately

3,000 people commit suicide on a daily basis, which calculates to over a million per year. TrueNorth’s research also indicates that for every completed suicide, there are hundreds of failed attempts every day.

In light of this growing concern,

TrueNorth Wellness Services offers crisis services to individuals who are struggling with suicidal thoughts, as well as those who have lost a loved one to suicide, and many other mental/ behavioral health issues. Their outpatient services are available in McConnellsburg, Gettysburg, Hanover, York, Shrewbury, Delta and Harrisburg, as well as two crisis units in Fulton County and York/ Adams County.

According to TrueNorth’s crisis intervention manager, Jayne Wildasin, most individuals who are feeling suicidal want to talk about the issues that are bringing them to consider ending their lives, but they are ignored. If you notice a loved one hinting about suicide,

Wildasin suggests showing the individual that you want them to continue talking and make them aware that they are not being judged for what they feel.

Warning signs to look for include: talk of feeling hopeless, or having no will to live, talk about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain, talk about be - ing a burden to others, an increase in use of alcohol or drugs, acting anxious or agitated, or behaving recklessly. Other signs are sleeping all day or not sleeping at all, showing rage or talking about seeking revenge, or displaying extreme mood swings.

If someone you know is exhibiting any of the above signs, True North’s Crisis Unit can help. Their specialists are trained to deal with a variety of issues such as: depression, stress, fear, abuse, family problems, grief or loss, sub - stance use, disturbing or confused thoughts, thoughts of self- harm, thoughts of hurting others, loneliness, hopeless - ness, anxiety, anger, and adjustment problems.

TrueNorth crisis support services can help identify root causes of the crisis and offer solutions to promote independence, personal growth, and collaborative decision-making.

Crisis support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week , 365 days a year, on- site, in the community, or in the home, according to their Web site. To contact Fulton

County’s crisis unit, call 717- 632- 4900.

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