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Suicide Prevention: Suicide Myth No. 3

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Suicide Myth No. 3: People who attempt suicide and survive are just seeking attention; they seldom ever try it again.

Truth:  At some level, all suicide attempts are cries for help by individuals experiencing a high degree of desperation. It is important to treat all attempts as serious. Once an attempt is made at any level of lethality, the risk for future and more serious attempts and completion increases significantly.

The Military Crisis line, toll-free number is (800) 273-TALK (273-8255), which is available 24/7, can be used anywhere in the United States and connects callers to a certified crisis center near where the call is placed. Local Helping Agencies:

Mental Health Clinic 505 846-3305

Chaplain 505 846-5691 / 505 846-3777

Military One Source 1-800-342-9647

Military & Family Life Counselor (MFLC) 505 280-0664

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