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Mindful Moment with Mike: Calling for Help

Posted at 10:36 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 11:36:12-04

TULSA — Today we're continuing to focus on the increasing calls to suicide prevention hotlines as we all continue to deal with this pandemic.

We want to talk about what happens when you gather the courage to make the call.

Yes, making that call does take a lot courage and here's what actually happens when you do, and some of the advice you'll be given.

4:53 cathy olberding / counseling & recovery services of oklahoma

"A lot of times when people call it's their last desperate shot. So they call and say I don't know if you can help me... But. Or I think I'm going to hurt myself... And... And we talk about that. What are the reasons for it? What are the things that are out there bothering you and how real are those things?" says Cathy Olberding with Counseling and Recovery Service of Oklahoma. "And I think those are the kids of things we hear... Is that I've done all that I can, I'm all by myself, I'm a single parent. Those are the things that we hear all the time. And we want to connect those people with a person who shows an interest in them."

What are some of the coping skills?

Cahty says, "So the bad coping skills are things like drinking, using more drugs, counting on a miracle to happen. Those are not great coping skills. Good coping skills are to reach out to people, get friendship or socialization any way you can. Make sure that your eating, make sure you're sleeping well, make sure you talk to someone about your anxieties because when you have suicide ideation you kind of have tunnel vision and you need to have people who have a broader view of what's going on, to help you see past the current struggle."

Basically Cathy says suicide is a permanent solution to something that's a permanent situation.

The Suicide Prevention Hotline is 918-492-2554.

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