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Warning signs of suicide can help family members prevent unnecessary death

After the three suicides by hanging and one suicide call that occurred over the weekend of April 9 to 11, emergency responders and family therapists in the Fallbrook and Temecula Valley area are concerned.

“This is a very upsetting situation,” said John Buchanan, public information officer for North County Fire Protection District. “We are concerned for peoples' wellbeing.”

Buchanan said the first suicide occurred on Friday, April 9 and was a 40-year-old Temecula woman. “It's very unusual for a woman to kill herself this way,” said Buchanan.

Sheriff's sergeant Amy Brown said one woman in the Green Canyon Road area called the Fallbrook Sheriff's substation on Friday, asking for psychiatric help.

“Apparently people in her family had committed suicide before, and she wanted help to keep her from doing the same,” said Brown.

On Saturday, paramedics responded to a scene in Fallbrook where a female resident in her 50's was found to have committed suicide by hanging.

“That call came in about 2 p.m.,” said Buchanan.

On April 11 at approximately 11 a.m., North County Fire emergency responders were called to a Bonsall location where a 48-year-old male resident had committed suicide via hanging as well.

“I don't know what is going on, but these incidences have us very concerned,” said Buchanan.

Dr. Sally Wolf, who operates a clinical counseling practice locally, has offered several warning signs of suicidal tendencies to look for. A suicidal person needs to see a doctor or mental health professional or to go to an emergency room, said Wolf.

— Sudden changes in personality such as irritability, anxiety, anger, apathy or sadness

— Loss of interest in activities such as sex or socializing with friends

— Loss of enthusiasm for hobbies and other passions

— Changes in sleep patterns or eating habits

— Less attention to personal appearance

— Feelings of guilt and shame

— Feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness

— Feelings of anger and of being trapped

— Preoccupation with death and dying; talking about wanting to die

— Increase in risk taking and reckless behavior

— Isolation and no sense of purpose or belonging

Buchanan said he wanted to make sure anyone feeling down or depressed knew that there is help available and it's only a phone call away.

“I want people to know that there is a suicide hotline they can call and there are people on the other end that will assist them and help them get help for their problems,” he said.

The suicide hotline can be reached by calling (800) 479-3339.

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Three days, three suicides by hanging have emergency workers concerned

Emergency responders in the Fallbrook and Temecula Valley area expressed concern today over the fact that over the past three days three different individuals have committed suicide. In each case it was by hanging.

"This is a very upsetting situation," said John Buchanan, public information officer for North County Fire Protection District. "We are concerned for peoples' wellbeing."

Buchanan said the first suicide occured on Friday, April 9 and was a 40-year-old Temecula woman. "It's very unusual for a woman to kill herself this way," said Buchanan.

On Saturday, paramedics responded to a scene in Fallbrook where a female resident in her 50's was found to have committed suicide by hanging.

"That call came in about 2 p.m.," said Buchanan.

This morning, about 11 a.m., North County Fire emergency responders were called to a Bonsall location where a 48-year-old male resident had committed suicide in the same way.

No further details are available at this time on the specifics of each incident.

"I don't know what is going on, but these incidences have us very concerned," said Buchanan.

Buchanan said he wanted to make sure anyone feeling down or depressed knew that there is help available and it's only a phone call away.

"I want people to know that there is a suicide hotline they can call and there are people on the other end that will assist them and help them get help for their problems," he said.

The suicide hotline can be reached by calling (800) 479-3339.

 

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