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Chapter 5-B: Suicide

 

Related Topics: Emergency/Crisis Assistance | Counseling: Individual, Group and Family | Support Groups

 

Jump To:  Facts About Suicide | Crisis Intervention | Counseling / Prevention

 

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Facts About Suicide

 

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth in Maryland. Persons who may be isolated, depressed, and/or unhappy about their lives may be at risk for suicide. These feelings may make it difficult to see all of the options available. For that reason, it is important to seek professional help for someone who is talking about suicide. It does not mean the person is mentally ill. To help:

 

  1. If you see danger signs in someone you know, let that person know you are concerned. Be a good listener, encourage talking about feelings, be supportive, accept what is said and treat it seriously. Let the person know that you care, that you want to help, that there are alternatives to dying, and that he or she does not have to face the problems alone.
     

  2. Take all the danger signs seriously. If the person is thinking of suicide, ask "How would you do that?" When? Where? Do you have the pills, a gun? The more detailed and firm the plan, the greater the danger - trust your judgment - if you think the risk is there, there's a good chance you are right. Someone at risk for suicide should not be left alone, and potential weapons (pills, guns, etc.) should never be accessible to someone who is depressed and troubled - remove them from the home.
     

  3. A second person should always be involved in determining what to do next. Don't try to handle suicidal concerns alone. Don't ever be tempted to keep suicidal risk a secret - you may lose a person's confidence, but you may also save a life. Remember suicidal people want desperately to be rescued. If someone has let you know how bad he or she feels, it's because you could be trusted to help. Call someone experienced in working with suicide. If you can't reach a counselor or mental health resource, talk to someone you trust (a teacher, minister, rabbi, principal, doctor) who can help you to get professional advice.

 

Crisis Intervention

 

Baltimore County Crisis Response System (CRS)
Mental health crisis hotline 410-931-2214 24-hours, 7 days a week
A community hotline for mental health emergencies, information and referral responses to the entire county. It is staffed by mental health professionals. Provides telephone triage and intervention, in home intervention for families, face-to-face evaluation of needs, community education, linkage to community treatment and support, and a Mobile Crisis Team.

 

211 Maryland at First Call for Help - United Way of Central Maryland
Dial 211; 1-800-492-0618 toll free throughout Maryland
TTY: dial Maryland Relay 711.)
Experienced staff members help callers explore their problems and connects them of the public, nonprofit and private community resources that can help with their situation. This service is free and confidential. Callers may remain anonymous. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center Inc.
Harriet Tubman Center
6700 Freetown Road
Columbia Maryland 21044
410-531-6677 or 1-800-422-0009 (Maryland Crisis Hotline, 24 hours, 7 days a week); TTY: 410-531-5086
Crisis intervention counseling is available by phone or in person for anyone in need of immediate assistance with a personal, situational, or mental health crisis. Services are free and confidential. Professional counseling staff and trained volunteers (on hotline service only) are available to listen, provide support and make referrals on a wide range of issues. 

 

Maryland Poison Center
220 Arch Street, Office Level 1
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
1-800-222-1222 24-hours, 7 days a week
Telephone consultation in cases of poisoning by specially trained pharmacists and nurses.

 

Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline
1-800-422-0009 24 hours, 7 days a week
A confidential, toll-free hotline designed to meet the needs of youth in crisis. The Hotline works from anywhere in Maryland, providing crisis intervention and support from trained local crisis intervention counselors who are familiar with the available resources in the county in which the person resides. Provides help for problems such as suicide intervention, drug and alcohol abuse, physical and sexual abuse, depression, loneliness, relationship difficulties and many other issues.

 

National Hopeline Network
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
Trained crisis line workers answer calls from people who are depressed or suicidal, or those who are concerned about someone else. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255), TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
24-hours, toll-free service that provides immediate assistance to individuals in suicidal crisis, a friend, or family member by automatically connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider.

 




Counseling / Prevention:

 

211 Maryland at First Call for Help - United Way of Central Maryland
Dial 211; 1-800-492-0618 toll free throughout Maryland
TTY: dial Maryland Relay 711.)
Experienced staff members help callers explore their problems and connects them of the public, nonprofit and private community resources that can help with their situation. This service is free and confidential. Callers may remain anonymous. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Baltimore County Department of Health - Bureau of Behavioral Health
6401 York Road, 3rd floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2130
Contact ValueOptions Maryland:1-800-888-1965; TTY: 866-835-2755 For additional assistance, call the Bureau of Behavioral Health at 410-887-3828.
The Bureau is not a direct clinical service provider. Services are provided via contractual arrangements with private (usually non-profit) mental health agencies.  Outpatient Mental Health Centers, licensed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, provide outpatient treatment and serve the largest number of consumers. The centers treat children and adolescents (as well as adults) with emotional and behavioral problems, with a range of severity. Services include individual and family therapy and psychopharmacology. Group therapy and school-based clinics are available at some sites. For a list of Outpatient Mental Health Centers contact Value Options Maryland at 1-800-888-1965. Most but not all services require Medical Assistance income-eligibile clients, Psychiatric Axis I diagnosis and referral from a mental health provider.

 

Bereaved Parents of the U S A - Baltimore Metro Area
P O Box 625
Brooklandville, Maryland 21022
410-321-7053 24 hours a day
A self-help group which seeks to aid parents, siblings or grandparents who have experienced the death of a child.

 

Counseling Center at Stella Maris, Inc.
2300 Dulaney Valley Road
Timonium, Maryland 21093  
410-252-4500, ext. 7291
Bereavement support groups for spouse, any loved one, and children ages 5 to 18. Individual counseling offered as well.

 

Dundalk Youth Service Center
2 North Dundalk Avenue, 2nd Floor
Dundalk , Maryland 21222
410-288-4356
Counseling for youth and their families living in Southeast Baltimore County. Youth served must be ages five to eighteen. Younger children seen on a case-by-case basis. Fees are charged according to family income and size.

 

Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland - Woodlawn Office
7000 Security Boulevard, Suite 302
Baltimore, Maryland 21244
410-281-1334
General counseling for families and individuals to solve vexing problems or to prevent issues from becoming disabling.

 

First Step
Suicide awareness and prevention programs, psychiatric evaluation and individual, group and family counseling to young people ages 7 through 18.

 

Catonsville Center
3527 North Rolling Road, Suite 23
Baltimore Maryland 21244
410-521-3800
Youth and adolescent counseling.

 

Cockeysville Center 
10400 Ridgeland Road, Suite 1
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
410-628-6120
For adolescents and adults

 

Reisterstown Center
100 Owings Court, Suite 8
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
410-526-7100
For adolescents and adults

 

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center Inc.
Harriet Tubman Center
6700 Freetown Road
Columbia, Maryland 21044
410-531-6677 (24 hours 7 days a week), Maryland Crisis Hotline 800-422-0009; TTY-410-531-5086
Professional counseling staff and trained volunteers (on hotline services only) are available to listen, provide support and make referrals on a wide range of issues. Crisis intervention counseling is available by phone or in person for anyone in need of immediate assistance with a personal, situational, or mental health crisis. Services are free of charge and confidential.

 

Jewish Community Services
Professional counseling and psychiatric services for children, adolescents, and families, serving a wide range of needs.

 

  • Baltimore Office
    5750 Park Heights Avenue
    Baltimore, Maryland 21215
    410-466-9200

 

  • Owings Mills Office
    3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue
    Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
    410-466-9200

 

Key Point Health Services, Inc.
Provides outpatient community-based services to children, adolescents, and their families. Individual, family, and group therapy are offered. Psychiatric evaluations, consultation and medication monitoring are also available.

 

  • Catonsville
    500 North Rolling Road
    Catonsville, Maryland 21228
    410-788-0300

 

  • Dundalk
    1012 North Point Road
    Baltimore, MD 21224
    443-216-4800

 

Lighthouse, Inc.
60 Mellor Avenue
Catonsville, Maryland 21228
410-788-5483
Crisis intervention and counseling for children, youth and their families for various emotional and social issues, call or walk-in accepted. If suicidal, intervention is provided, including accompaniment to emergency room.  Special programs for youth suicide prevention. Family members are asked to attend the first session of youth counseling, Thereafter, youth and family can be seen separately or together. Information and referral made to other agencies as needed. Offered to families with children 18 and younger living in southwest Baltimore County.

 

Main Street Community Mental Health Center
37 Main Street
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
410-526-7882
Mental health clinic for children, adolescents, and adults. Provides geriatric services. Offers crisis services, case management, family therapy, group and individual therapy. Intensive outpatient services available,

 

Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline
1-800-422-0009 24 hours, 7 days a week
A confidential, toll-free hotline designed to meet the needs of youth in crisis. The Hotline works from anywhere in Maryland, providing crisis intervention and support from trained local crisis intervention counselors who are familiar with the available resources in the county in which the person resides. Provides help for problems such as suicide intervention, drug and alcohol abuse, physical and sexual abuse, depression, loneliness, relationship difficulties and many other issues.

 

Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAM)
Heaver Plaza
1301 York Road, Suite 505
Lutherville, Maryland 21093
443-901-1550
Provides information and referral services, help in finding a support group, or a mental health provider.

 

Mosaic Community Services
410-453-9553
Three behavioral health centers offer comprehensive community mental health counseling services for children, adolescents, adults, seniors and their families.

 

  • Catonsville
    22 Bloomsbury Avenue
    Catonsville, Maryland 21228
    443-612-1402

 

  • Randallstown
    Liberty Family Resource Center
    3525 Resource Drive
    Randallstown, Maryland 21133
    410-922-1900

 

  • Timonium
    1931 Greenspring Drive
    Timonium, Maryland 21093
    410-498-2603

 

"Seasons" Suicide Bereavement Support Group
Contact: John and Linda Buck
410-683-0159
Email: jbuckaroo@comcast.net
Peer support group that meets in Lutherville, Maryland and provides compassion and understanding for families and individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one by suicide.

 

Villa Maria Behavioral Health Clinics
Provides outpatient services including individualized assessment and plan of care, individual, group and family counseling, behavioral consultation, psychiatric evaluation and consultation, etc.

 

  • Villa Maria Behavioral Health Clinic - Lansdowne
    Saint Clements Church
    2700 Washington Boulevard
    Baltimore, Maryland 21227
    410-368-3984

 

  • Villa Maria Behavioral Health Clinic - Timonium
    2300 Dulaney Valley Road
    Timonium, Maryland 21093
    410-252-7663