How To Talk About Suicide with Loved Ones

Nearly 800,000 people die from suicide each year. That's one person every 40 seconds. But it only takes one person to save a life. Burrell Behavioral Health wants to help you understand how you could be that one person.

Aug 27 2020 at 8 a.m.

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It's only human to experience moments of grief, anxiety and depression. But, sometimes those feelings can be more than we can cope with on our own. That’s why it’s important to know who our “one” person is, the one we can talk to openly and honestly about what we’re feeling. Knowing who this person is before you’re going through something can help each of us cope with the hard days, weeks and seasons. Just talking about how you got to this point in your life can release a lot of the pressure that’s building up and help you find ways to cope.

Burrell Behavioral Health

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. 
You can help save a life.

For National Suicide Prevention Month, we are asking you to do just this: Find your one and Be the one for someone else. By sharing openly and listening, we can help each other survive moments of hopelessness. If you’re thinking about suicide, or think someone else is, talk about it. Sometimes, just asking how someone is feeling can help. The best way to show you care? Be there.

So how do we talk about this? You're invited to join 417 Magazine to learn how.

Join us as 417 Magazine and Burrell Behavioral Health present a two-part webinar series on having honest conversations with the people in our lives, featuring Burrell’s Dr. Shelly Farnan, as previously seen in the Life Interrupted series.

How To Save A Life Virtual Series

Part 1: Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable | 
September 16, 1 p.m.

Featuring a conversation with suicide survivor, author, global public speaker, and award winning documentary filmmaker, Kevin Hines. 

Part 2: How to Talk to Loved Ones | 
September 23, 1 p.m.
Featuring a conversation with Borrow My Angel Founder & Board President Chuck Dow, whose sister Charity struggled with depression, mental illness and suicide attempts.

how to save a life register for free

Coming Soon: The ONE Initiative

A community-wide suicide prevention initiative is coming soon. The ONE Initiative will include a personal or organizational pledge, educational opportunities and resources to help business, families and individuals do their part is preventing suicide. Look for more information in 417 Magazine in coming months.

Start your wellness journey by calling 417-761-5000 or walking in at 1300 E Bradford Parkway, Building A, Springfield, MO, 65804.

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Call us anytime. Make an appointment with Burrell or ask a question at 417-761-5000 or If in crisis, call our 24-Hour Crisis Line at 1-800-494-7355.

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