Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 780 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-118, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-50, Traffic Violations-39, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-31, Check Well Being-26, Domestic Disputes-26, Alarms-27, Property Damage Crashes-26, Shoplifting Complaints-23, Larcenies-21, Civil Complaints-19, Personal Injury Crashes-12, Suicidal Threat or Attempt-12, Traffic Hazards-12, Car/Deer Accidents-11, and MDOP-11.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month and September 6-12, 2020, is National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide can happen at any age, to any race, at any income level, in any neighborhood. In 2019, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to 368 Suicide Threat or Attempt calls. So far this year, we have responded to 211. So sad and tragic on so many levels for so many people and families.
Here are some warning signs to be aware of especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Extreme mood swings
Some triggers to be aware of are mental, alcohol or substance abuse disorders, job loss, a feeling of loneliness, and loss of a relationship, just to name a few.
Here is the Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number – 800-273-8255. This is a 24/7 service. Area hospitals can also be a great local resource.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich