September 23, 2014
our local ambulance service is seeing a dramatic spike in the number of calls involving attempted suicides.
REMSA paramedics say the snow and gloom can often put people under real emotional strain.
The two weeks prior to the storm, from December 15th to the 29th, REMSA transported 41 people for psychiatric related problems.
From the 30th to January 17th, during the storms, that number more than doubled...to 88.
Paramedics say there were a variety of issues...but many of those calls were attempted suicides.
Psychotherapists say many people were already depressed, and the storm pushed them over the edge.
While some became depressed...because they couldn't get anywhere, and remained isolated.
Either way, doctors say depression can lead to a sense of hopelessness, and despair if not treated right away.
There are a few things you can do if you start to feel depressed.
There is a suicide hotling you can call.
Or, psychotherapists suggest talking to a family member about your problem.
If it's affecting your physical health, a good idea is to see a doctor.
That suicide hotline number is 784-8090.
There is someone available 24 hours a day to take your call.