Help is available and it is beneficial to provide support to a person you know who may be having thoughts of dying by suicide. You will not cause a person to commit acts of self harm by inquiring about whether or not they are having these thoughts. If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm, calling emergency services and asking for a Crisis Intervention Team officer to respond to the call is a first course of action. This should be used for those who have a plan and intention to complete a suicide within the next few hours or days. In these cases, calling emergency services is appropriate to reduce risk of early mortality.
Behavioral Health Response (BHR) is an integral part of our region’s mental health network of providers, offering support for a variety of mental health needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When you call the BHR crisis line, you will speak to a mental health professional who will respond attentively and compassionately to your needs. The information you share is confidential. The professional will ask questions about your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and will make recommendations for care. The BHR crisis hotline is 314-469-6644 or call toll-free at 800-811-4760.
Places for People offers outpatient care of behavioral and substance use related disorders. Individuals who are seeking outpatient services at Places for People do not need an appointment. Anyone can visit the Places for People Welcome Center, located at 4130 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63108, on Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. to meet with an intake staff person for screening and information about PfP services or accessing other community resources.
Our organization participates in the Zero Suicide approach, which has a goal to improve care and outcomes for individuals at risk of suicide in health care systems. Learn more about the Zero Suicide approach at https://zerosuicide.sprc.org.