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Crisis Specialist Bobby Carter offers signs to identify a suicidal person

Published: May. 14, 2015 at 3:49 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 12, 2015 at 4:58 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there is evidence to show that almost every suicide can be traced to a mental illness like depression or a substance abuse disorder, either of which is treatable.

So what do you do if you think someone you know might be suicidal?

Suicide counselors say if you're worried about it, you should say something to the person.

Bobby Carter, a Counselor at Starcare Crisis Center, says "Approach them. Do not be afraid to approach them in a very calm manner and a very nonjudgemental way and just ask them - 'You know I can see that you have been acting differently and I would like to help.' Ask them if they are having thoughts of hurting themselves, or if they are having intense feelings of depression and just talk to them about it and try to offer help."

Carter says remember that professional help is available 24/7 in Lubbock.

You can either go to the Crisis Center at 1950 Aspen in Lubbock. Or you can use the Starcare crisis hotline at (806) 740-1414.

When you call that number, if you need immediate help, a trained counselor will go to wherever your location within a 5 county area, including Lubbock, Hockley, Lynn, Crosby and Cochran.

You can find more information at www.lubbockmhmr.org/crisis_line/

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