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Bunny Trail: What do you do... [message #387636] Sat, 15 March 2008 13:59 Go to next message
Sherry in NH  is currently offline Sherry in NH
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What should be done?[ 9 vote(s) ]
1.Call 9-1-1 immediately, no matter what the circumstances 2 / 22%
2.Call 9-1-1 immediately, if the threat is imminent 4 / 44%
3.Call 9-1-1 eventually, if the threat is repeated 0 / 0%
4.Tell the family of the person 1 / 11%
5.Go to the person and stay with them 0 / 0%
6.Call the police 0 / 0%
7.Take the person to counseling 1 / 11%
8.Tell the church of the person, if applicable 0 / 0%
9.Help the person make a counseling appointment; make sure they go 0 / 0%
10.Tell the medical community about the person 0 / 0%
11.Talk to them, at length 0 / 0%
12.Something else 0 / 0%
13.Some combo 0 / 0%
14.It depends if it is a child or an adult 0 / 0%
15.It depends on the cirumstances 1 / 11%

...or have you done...when someone is talking about suicide?

Sherry, who used to be part of a Christian forum much like this, where a poster was saved when someone online reported it and the authorities tracked it down

In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: Bunny Trail: What do you do... [message #387663 is a reply to message #387636 ] Sat, 15 March 2008 16:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa R.  is currently offline Lisa R.
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Wasn't going to respond with a post after voting, but in reality, if I'm sitting in a coffee shop with someone who is talking about suicide, but has no means with which to follow through at that moment, I think it might even be wrong to call 9-1-1. If the person is merely talking and can't act, it's not a true emergency, and calling right then might even endanger someone else that the emergency response team would not be responding to while responding to my call.

I understand the 9-1-1 folks work hard to try to teach people not to abuse the emergency nature of that number.

There are non-emergency numbers to reach police and other authorities.

Now if someone had a gun or something and was threatening at that moment, then it probably would be a true emergency.

Of course, it's better safe than sorry, but I thought I'd throw that out.

[Updated on: Sat, 15 March 2008 16:07]

Lisa R.
Re: Bunny Trail: What do you do... [message #387705 is a reply to message #387663 ] Sat, 15 March 2008 18:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michele (Queen of Cheap)  is currently offline Michele (Queen of Cheap)
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I voted #2.

Michele, The Organic Queen of Cheap!
(aka Shelly the Swamp Frog)

Happily posting on CHF since 1995

Re: Bunny Trail: What do you do... [message #387728 is a reply to message #387636 ] Sat, 15 March 2008 20:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Emily~  is currently offline Emily~
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Hmmm.. that's a pretty tough call to make. Even my husband who worked as an emergency dispatcher for 33 years isn't sure. I didn't vote cause I just don't know which one to pick. My husband does want people to know however, if you play it safe, 911 will not be annoyed with you.

Re: Bunny Trail: What do you do... [message #387792 is a reply to message #387636 ] Sun, 16 March 2008 02:23 Go to previous message
Elizabby  is currently offline Elizabby
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Too hard to give a blanket answer. It depends on the person, how well you know them, the circumstances, your relationship with them, who else in involved with them, how "serious" they appear, etc, etc.

I spent a year working in psychiatry, and this area is a huge minefield. Very difficult, and even psychiatrists can't always tell. The bottom line is to take all such threats *seriously* but the appropriate response will vary with the circumstances.

Your sister in Christ,


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