A Caring Connection

Published

10/01/2018

Start Date

10/01/2018

End Date

10/01/2019

Times of day

Weekday Evenings

Time Commitment

A few hours per month

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)

Address

Falmouth
MA
United States

Description

There is no magic wand for the issues that lead a person to suicide or thoughts of suicide, but we know statistically that a) The risk of suicide death following inpatient psychiatric discharge is 44 times the population rate; b) Suicide risk is greatest within one week of discharge; c) As many as 70% of suicide attempt survivors never attend their first appointment or maintain treatment (Appleby); and d) Patients who received telephonic follow-up have a lower suicide rate in five years and a significantly lower suicide rate in the first two years after their discharge (Motto and Bostrom).


A Caring Connection is designed to provide encouragement and follow up for individuals who are being discharged from an emergency room or hospital setting after a suicide attempt. Volunteers via the phone provide encouragement and coaching on a one-to-one basis in order to facilitate the attempt survivors’ follow through with community aftercare and therapy.


If you are looking for a challenging, rewarding opportunity to fight suicide in our state, please call 508.548.7999 or email programdirector@capesamaritans.com.

Remote

Ok

Benefits

  • Training Provided

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