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Informational and inspiring insight from our experienced team of therapists

Mental health awareness month is upo​n us

May 22, 2019


Clearwater Counseling, PC Co-owners celebrate one (exciting) year of ownership

June 1, 2019

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What you need to know about men and mental health

June 13, 2019


Human sex trafficking: Know the signs and resources

June 19, 2019


Fourth of July and PTSD: How to be mindful while celebrating

July 2, 2019


Meet Our Therapists: Jessica Frenzen, PCMSW, PLMHP 

July 8, 2019


Meet Our Therapists: Kayla Coghlan, CEO, MS, LIMHP, LIPC

July 15, 2019

Kayla Coghlan, CEO and co-owner of Clearwater Counseling, PC, is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and a Licensed Independent Professional Counselor who first moved to central Nebraska in 2014 to offer much needed mental health services to Grand Island and surrounding rural communities.  


Flash forward to today, Kayla has returned to her hometown of Omaha to offer mental health services to the metro community after opening a second practice location earlier this month.


Kayla first knew she wanted to pursue a career in counseling during her Master's Degree program. At this time, Kayla was working full time while raising two young children.


"I learned that I wanted to help others achieve what they didn't think was possible and provide them with skills that empower them and build confidence," Kayla said. "My ongoing goal as a business owner and mental health provider is to offer therapeutic services to individuals and families to aid in their healing process. I strive to do this by obtaining more education, attending additional training and consulting with other professionals in the field so that I am able to provide the most helpful tools and education to my clients."


Kayla, who obtained both her Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science and Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling at Bellevue University, has over 8 years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with behavioral disorders, chronic mental health disorders, substance use disorders and emotional/social disorders. 


Kayla focuses on assessment and evaluations to provide each client with an accurate diagnosis and individualized care. She incorporates several therapeutic techniques during session to provide clients with healthy coping skills, increased positive cognitive patterns and relapse prevention plans for substance use and negative behaviors.


Recently, Kayla also received the Recognized Provider Award for 2017-2019 from the District 9 Rehabilitation Court in Grand Island. 


While Kayla works diligently to support and empower her own team as a clinical supervisor, she also spends ample time advocating for mental health services and substance use treatment as part of rehabilitation services to law offenders. 


When she's not seeing clients, Kayla enjoys spending time with her two sons and soon-to-be husband. She loves watching her children play sports, going to the movie theater, spending time outdoors and cuddling up with a good book. 

 

Overall, Kayla said she doesn't view her profession as a "job," but rather a passion.


"I love being able to be part of people's change and see growth and healing on a daily basis," Kayla said. "When you put all of the small changes together, it becomes a big change. I strive to encourage all of my clients to find their own happiness and acceptance to be the best they can be every day."


Kayla sees clients at the Omaha location. To schedule an appointment with Kayla, please call 308-210-8487 or email [email protected]


DYK? Clearwater Counseling, PC now offers teletherapy services

July 18, 2019


Meet Our Therapists: Nikki Frenzen, COO, MS, PLMHP

July 22, 2019


Helping your child cope with back to school anxiety 

August 5, 2019


Tips for the incoming college freshman

August 21, 2019


Suicide Prevention

September 3, 2019

September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month,  which provides us with an opportunity to discuss resources, warning signs and risk factors surrounding this highly stigmatized and taboo topic. 


According to the CDC, suicide rates have increased by 30% since 1999.  Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death. These startling statistics reiterate the value of understanding the potential warning signs that could lead to suicide, and why it's so important to know what to do during a crisis. 


Know the signs and risks

Suicide can be preventable, and it starts with knowing what to look for and how to address the situation. While, it's not always possible to know exactly what others are feeling or thinking at any given time., there are certain signs to watch for. If you notice an individual is suddenly starting to demonstrate aggressive, impulsive or reckless behavior, this may be an indicator that something is very wrong. Increased use of alcohol or drugs is another warning sign of suicide. 


Some might notice their loved one is collecting pills, or contemplating the purchase of a weapon. Another not as obvious sign might be organizing financial statements or paying off debt.  You might even notice a loved one trying to give away items. If you are unsure about whether or not you are witnessing warning signs, you can talk to a licensed mental health services provider, such as Clearwater Counseling, PC, which can help assess the situation to avoid the worst possible outcome. 


A family history of suicide or a history of trauma and abuse can be potential risk factors., as well. Additionally, if you know someone who has recently experienced a tragedy or loss, check in with them. It's always best to be safe versus sorry. 


Be prepared

No one wants to be caught off guard and underprepared when a suicide-related crisis occurs. Although it may be difficult, be sure to speak honestly and ask questions when the incident occurs. Also, remove any potential weapons from the general area. Calmly offer support or assistance. Maybe offer to call a professional who can help with the situation.  It's important to remember to never make the individual feel threatened or ashamed. Instead, demonstrate patience and kindness. 


Resources are available 

Again, suicide can be preventable, and help is available. If you suspect a loved one might be displaying suicidal thoughts, don't hesitate or delay.  Reach out if you know someone is struggling. Offer to help them receive the professional help they may need. 


Our therapists at Clearwater Counseling, PC are specially trained to handle crisis situations and suicidal thoughts. To schedule an appointment with Clearwater Counseling, PC, please call 308-210-8487 or email [email protected] 


If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. 

After the Flood: Working to combat growing need for mental health care in rural communities 

September 19, 2019

September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month,  which provides us with an opportunity to discuss resources, warning signs and risk factors surrounding this highly stigmatized and taboo topic. 


According to the CDC, suicide rates have increased by 30% since 1999.  Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death. These startling statistics reiterate the value of understanding the potential warning signs that could lead to suicide, and why it's so important to know what to do during a crisis. 


Know the signs and risks

Suicide can be preventable, and it starts with knowing what to look for and how to address the situation. While, it's not always possible to know exactly what others are feeling or thinking at any given time., there are certain signs to watch for. If you notice an individual is suddenly starting to demonstrate aggressive, impulsive or reckless behavior, this may be an indicator that something is very wrong. Increased use of alcohol or drugs is another warning sign of suicide. 


Some might notice their loved one is collecting pills, or contemplating the purchase of a weapon. Another not as obvious sign might be organizing financial statements or paying off debt.  You might even notice a loved one trying to give away items. If you are unsure about whether or not you are witnessing warning signs, you can talk to a licensed mental health services provider, such as Clearwater Counseling, PC, which can help assess the situation to avoid the worst possible outcome. 


A family history of suicide or a history of trauma and abuse can be potential risk factors., as well. Additionally, if you know someone who has recently experienced a tragedy or loss, check in with them. It's always best to be safe versus sorry. 


Be prepared

No one wants to be caught off guard and underprepared when a suicide-related crisis occurs. Although it may be difficult, be sure to speak honestly and ask questions when the incident occurs. Also, remove any potential weapons from the general area. Calmly offer support or assistance. Maybe offer to call a professional who can help with the situation.  It's important to remember to never make the individual feel threatened or ashamed. Instead, demonstrate patience and kindness. 


Resources are available 

Again, suicide can be preventable, and help is available. If you suspect a loved one might be displaying suicidal thoughts, don't hesitate or delay.  Reach out if you know someone is struggling. Offer to help them receive the professional help they may need. 


Our therapists at Clearwater Counseling, PC are specially trained to handle crisis situations and suicidal thoughts. To schedule an appointment with Clearwater Counseling, PC, please call 308-210-8487 or email [email protected] 


If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1, 2019

September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month,  which provides us with an opportunity to discuss resources, warning signs and risk factors surrounding this highly stigmatized and taboo topic. 


According to the CDC, suicide rates have increased by 30% since 1999.  Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death. These startling statistics reiterate the value of understanding the potential warning signs that could lead to suicide, and why it's so important to know what to do during a crisis. 


Know the signs and risks

Suicide can be preventable, and it starts with knowing what to look for and how to address the situation. While, it's not always possible to know exactly what others are feeling or thinking at any given time., there are certain signs to watch for. If you notice an individual is suddenly starting to demonstrate aggressive, impulsive or reckless behavior, this may be an indicator that something is very wrong. Increased use of alcohol or drugs is another warning sign of suicide. 


Some might notice their loved one is collecting pills, or contemplating the purchase of a weapon. Another not as obvious sign might be organizing financial statements or paying off debt.  You might even notice a loved one trying to give away items. If you are unsure about whether or not you are witnessing warning signs, you can talk to a licensed mental health services provider, such as Clearwater Counseling, PC, which can help assess the situation to avoid the worst possible outcome. 


A family history of suicide or a history of trauma and abuse can be potential risk factors., as well. Additionally, if you know someone who has recently experienced a tragedy or loss, check in with them. It's always best to be safe versus sorry. 


Be prepared

No one wants to be caught off guard and underprepared when a suicide-related crisis occurs. Although it may be difficult, be sure to speak honestly and ask questions when the incident occurs. Also, remove any potential weapons from the general area. Calmly offer support or assistance. Maybe offer to call a professional who can help with the situation.  It's important to remember to never make the individual feel threatened or ashamed. Instead, demonstrate patience and kindness. 


Resources are available 

Again, suicide can be preventable, and help is available. If you suspect a loved one might be displaying suicidal thoughts, don't hesitate or delay.  Reach out if you know someone is struggling. Offer to help them receive the professional help they may need. 


Our therapists at Clearwater Counseling, PC are specially trained to handle crisis situations and suicidal thoughts. To schedule an appointment with Clearwater Counseling, PC, please call 308-210-8487 or email [email protected] 


If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. 

Five reasons therapy is beneficial for everyone

October 15, 2019

September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month,  which provides us with an opportunity to discuss resources, warning signs and risk factors surrounding this highly stigmatized and taboo topic. 


According to the CDC, suicide rates have increased by 30% since 1999.  Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death. These startling statistics reiterate the value of understanding the potential warning signs that could lead to suicide, and why it's so important to know what to do during a crisis. 


Know the signs and risks

Suicide can be preventable, and it starts with knowing what to look for and how to address the situation. While, it's not always possible to know exactly what others are feeling or thinking at any given time., there are certain signs to watch for. If you notice an individual is suddenly starting to demonstrate aggressive, impulsive or reckless behavior, this may be an indicator that something is very wrong. Increased use of alcohol or drugs is another warning sign of suicide. 


Some might notice their loved one is collecting pills, or contemplating the purchase of a weapon. Another not as obvious sign might be organizing financial statements or paying off debt.  You might even notice a loved one trying to give away items. If you are unsure about whether or not you are witnessing warning signs, you can talk to a licensed mental health services provider, such as Clearwater Counseling, PC, which can help assess the situation to avoid the worst possible outcome. 


A family history of suicide or a history of trauma and abuse can be potential risk factors., as well. Additionally, if you know someone who has recently experienced a tragedy or loss, check in with them. It's always best to be safe versus sorry. 


Be prepared

No one wants to be caught off guard and underprepared when a suicide-related crisis occurs. Although it may be difficult, be sure to speak honestly and ask questions when the incident occurs. Also, remove any potential weapons from the general area. Calmly offer support or assistance. Maybe offer to call a professional who can help with the situation.  It's important to remember to never make the individual feel threatened or ashamed. Instead, demonstrate patience and kindness. 


Resources are available 

Again, suicide can be preventable, and help is available. If you suspect a loved one might be displaying suicidal thoughts, don't hesitate or delay.  Reach out if you know someone is struggling. Offer to help them receive the professional help they may need. 


Our therapists at Clearwater Counseling, PC are specially trained to handle crisis situations and suicidal thoughts. To schedule an appointment with Clearwater Counseling, PC, please call 308-210-8487 or email [email protected] 


If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. 

Q&A: Client expresses how therapy changed his life

October 29, 2019

September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month,  which provides us with an opportunity to discuss resources, warning signs and risk factors surrounding this highly stigmatized and taboo topic. 


According to the CDC, suicide rates have increased by 30% since 1999.  Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death. These startling statistics reiterate the value of understanding the potential warning signs that could lead to suicide, and why it's so important to know what to do during a crisis. 


Know the signs and risks

Suicide can be preventable, and it starts with knowing what to look for and how to address the situation. While, it's not always possible to know exactly what others are feeling or thinking at any given time., there are certain signs to watch for. If you notice an individual is suddenly starting to demonstrate aggressive, impulsive or reckless behavior, this may be an indicator that something is very wrong. Increased use of alcohol or drugs is another warning sign of suicide. 


Some might notice their loved one is collecting pills, or contemplating the purchase of a weapon. Another not as obvious sign might be organizing financial statements or paying off debt.  You might even notice a loved one trying to give away items. If you are unsure about whether or not you are witnessing warning signs, you can talk to a licensed mental health services provider, such as Clearwater Counseling, PC, which can help assess the situation to avoid the worst possible outcome. 


A family history of suicide or a history of trauma and abuse can be potential risk factors., as well. Additionally, if you know someone who has recently experienced a tragedy or loss, check in with them. It's always best to be safe versus sorry. 


Be prepared

No one wants to be caught off guard and underprepared when a suicide-related crisis occurs. Although it may be difficult, be sure to speak honestly and ask questions when the incident occurs. Also, remove any potential weapons from the general area. Calmly offer support or assistance. Maybe offer to call a professional who can help with the situation.  It's important to remember to never make the individual feel threatened or ashamed. Instead, demonstrate patience and kindness. 


Resources are available 

Again, suicide can be preventable, and help is available. If you suspect a loved one might be displaying suicidal thoughts, don't hesitate or delay.  Reach out if you know someone is struggling. Offer to help them receive the professional help they may need. 


Our therapists at Clearwater Counseling, PC are specially trained to handle crisis situations and suicidal thoughts. To schedule an appointment with Clearwater Counseling, PC, please call 308-210-8487 or email [email protected] 


If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. 

Feeling down lately? You might be showing signs of seasonal affective disorder

November 5, 2019

September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month,  which provides us with an opportunity to discuss resources, warning signs and risk factors surrounding this highly stigmatized and taboo topic. 


According to the CDC, suicide rates have increased by 30% since 1999.  Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death. These startling statistics reiterate the value of understanding the potential warning signs that could lead to suicide, and why it's so important to know what to do during a crisis. 


Know the signs and risks

Suicide can be preventable, and it starts with knowing what to look for and how to address the situation. While, it's not always possible to know exactly what others are feeling or thinking at any given time., there are certain signs to watch for. If you notice an individual is suddenly starting to demonstrate aggressive, impulsive or reckless behavior, this may be an indicator that something is very wrong. Increased use of alcohol or drugs is another warning sign of suicide. 


Some might notice their loved one is collecting pills, or contemplating the purchase of a weapon. Another not as obvious sign might be organizing financial statements or paying off debt.  You might even notice a loved one trying to give away items. If you are unsure about whether or not you are witnessing warning signs, you can talk to a licensed mental health services provider, such as Clearwater Counseling, PC, which can help assess the situation to avoid the worst possible outcome. 


A family history of suicide or a history of trauma and abuse can be potential risk factors., as well. Additionally, if you know someone who has recently experienced a tragedy or loss, check in with them. It's always best to be safe versus sorry. 


Be prepared

No one wants to be caught off guard and underprepared when a suicide-related crisis occurs. Although it may be difficult, be sure to speak honestly and ask questions when the incident occurs. Also, remove any potential weapons from the general area. Calmly offer support or assistance. Maybe offer to call a professional who can help with the situation.  It's important to remember to never make the individual feel threatened or ashamed. Instead, demonstrate patience and kindness. 


Resources are available 

Again, suicide can be preventable, and help is available. If you suspect a loved one might be displaying suicidal thoughts, don't hesitate or delay.  Reach out if you know someone is struggling. Offer to help them receive the professional help they may need. 


Our therapists at Clearwater Counseling, PC are specially trained to handle crisis situations and suicidal thoughts. To schedule an appointment with Clearwater Counseling, PC, please call 308-210-8487 or email [email protected] 


If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. 

Five ways to be there for someone by showing kindness

November 13, 2019

September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month,  which provides us with an opportunity to discuss resources, warning signs and risk factors surrounding this highly stigmatized and taboo topic. 


According to the CDC, suicide rates have increased by 30% since 1999.  Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death. These startling statistics reiterate the value of understanding the potential warning signs that could lead to suicide, and why it's so important to know what to do during a crisis. 


Know the signs and risks

Suicide can be preventable, and it starts with knowing what to look for and how to address the situation. While, it's not always possible to know exactly what others are feeling or thinking at any given time., there are certain signs to watch for. If you notice an individual is suddenly starting to demonstrate aggressive, impulsive or reckless behavior, this may be an indicator that something is very wrong. Increased use of alcohol or drugs is another warning sign of suicide. 


Some might notice their loved one is collecting pills, or contemplating the purchase of a weapon. Another not as obvious sign might be organizing financial statements or paying off debt.  You might even notice a loved one trying to give away items. If you are unsure about whether or not you are witnessing warning signs, you can talk to a licensed mental health services provider, such as Clearwater Counseling, PC, which can help assess the situation to avoid the worst possible outcome. 


A family history of suicide or a history of trauma and abuse can be potential risk factors., as well. Additionally, if you know someone who has recently experienced a tragedy or loss, check in with them. It's always best to be safe versus sorry. 


Be prepared

No one wants to be caught off guard and underprepared when a suicide-related crisis occurs. Although it may be difficult, be sure to speak honestly and ask questions when the incident occurs. Also, remove any potential weapons from the general area. Calmly offer support or assistance. Maybe offer to call a professional who can help with the situation.  It's important to remember to never make the individual feel threatened or ashamed. Instead, demonstrate patience and kindness. 


Resources are available 

Again, suicide can be preventable, and help is available. If you suspect a loved one might be displaying suicidal thoughts, don't hesitate or delay.  Reach out if you know someone is struggling. Offer to help them receive the professional help they may need. 


Our therapists at Clearwater Counseling, PC are specially trained to handle crisis situations and suicidal thoughts. To schedule an appointment with Clearwater Counseling, PC, please call 308-210-8487 or email [email protected] 


If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. 

Tips for managing your mental health during the holidays

November 19, 2019

September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month,  which provides us with an opportunity to discuss resources, warning signs and risk factors surrounding this highly stigmatized and taboo topic. 


According to the CDC, suicide rates have increased by 30% since 1999.  Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death. These startling statistics reiterate the value of understanding the potential warning signs that could lead to suicide, and why it's so important to know what to do during a crisis. 


Know the signs and risks

Suicide can be preventable, and it starts with knowing what to look for and how to address the situation. While, it's not always possible to know exactly what others are feeling or thinking at any given time., there are certain signs to watch for. If you notice an individual is suddenly starting to demonstrate aggressive, impulsive or reckless behavior, this may be an indicator that something is very wrong. Increased use of alcohol or drugs is another warning sign of suicide. 


Some might notice their loved one is collecting pills, or contemplating the purchase of a weapon. Another not as obvious sign might be organizing financial statements or paying off debt.  You might even notice a loved one trying to give away items. If you are unsure about whether or not you are witnessing warning signs, you can talk to a licensed mental health services provider, such as Clearwater Counseling, PC, which can help assess the situation to avoid the worst possible outcome. 


A family history of suicide or a history of trauma and abuse can be potential risk factors., as well. Additionally, if you know someone who has recently experienced a tragedy or loss, check in with them. It's always best to be safe versus sorry. 


Be prepared

No one wants to be caught off guard and underprepared when a suicide-related crisis occurs. Although it may be difficult, be sure to speak honestly and ask questions when the incident occurs. Also, remove any potential weapons from the general area. Calmly offer support or assistance. Maybe offer to call a professional who can help with the situation.  It's important to remember to never make the individual feel threatened or ashamed. Instead, demonstrate patience and kindness. 


Resources are available 

Again, suicide can be preventable, and help is available. If you suspect a loved one might be displaying suicidal thoughts, don't hesitate or delay.  Reach out if you know someone is struggling. Offer to help them receive the professional help they may need. 


Our therapists at Clearwater Counseling, PC are specially trained to handle crisis situations and suicidal thoughts. To schedule an appointment with Clearwater Counseling, PC, please call 308-210-8487 or email [email protected] 


If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. 

Grief and The Holidays

December 13, 2019

September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month,  which provides us with an opportunity to discuss resources, warning signs and risk factors surrounding this highly stigmatized and taboo topic. 


According to the CDC, suicide rates have increased by 30% since 1999.  Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death. These startling statistics reiterate the value of understanding the potential warning signs that could lead to suicide, and why it's so important to know what to do during a crisis. 


Know the signs and risks

Suicide can be preventable, and it starts with knowing what to look for and how to address the situation. While, it's not always possible to know exactly what others are feeling or thinking at any given time., there are certain signs to watch for. If you notice an individual is suddenly starting to demonstrate aggressive, impulsive or reckless behavior, this may be an indicator that something is very wrong. Increased use of alcohol or drugs is another warning sign of suicide. 


Some might notice their loved one is collecting pills, or contemplating the purchase of a weapon. Another not as obvious sign might be organizing financial statements or paying off debt.  You might even notice a loved one trying to give away items. If you are unsure about whether or not you are witnessing warning signs, you can talk to a licensed mental health services provider, such as Clearwater Counseling, PC, which can help assess the situation to avoid the worst possible outcome. 


A family history of suicide or a history of trauma and abuse can be potential risk factors., as well. Additionally, if you know someone who has recently experienced a tragedy or loss, check in with them. It's always best to be safe versus sorry. 


Be prepared

No one wants to be caught off guard and underprepared when a suicide-related crisis occurs. Although it may be difficult, be sure to speak honestly and ask questions when the incident occurs. Also, remove any potential weapons from the general area. Calmly offer support or assistance. Maybe offer to call a professional who can help with the situation.  It's important to remember to never make the individual feel threatened or ashamed. Instead, demonstrate patience and kindness. 


Resources are available 

Again, suicide can be preventable, and help is available. If you suspect a loved one might be displaying suicidal thoughts, don't hesitate or delay.  Reach out if you know someone is struggling. Offer to help them receive the professional help they may need. 


Our therapists at Clearwater Counseling, PC are specially trained to handle crisis situations and suicidal thoughts. To schedule an appointment with Clearwater Counseling, PC, please call 308-210-8487 or email [email protected] 


If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. 

Top five self-care goals for the New Year

January 3, 2020

September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month,  which provides us with an opportunity to discuss resources, warning signs and risk factors surrounding this highly stigmatized and taboo topic. 


According to the CDC, suicide rates have increased by 30% since 1999.  Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death. These startling statistics reiterate the value of understanding the potential warning signs that could lead to suicide, and why it's so important to know what to do during a crisis. 


Know the signs and risks

Suicide can be preventable, and it starts with knowing what to look for and how to address the situation. While, it's not always possible to know exactly what others are feeling or thinking at any given time., there are certain signs to watch for. If you notice an individual is suddenly starting to demonstrate aggressive, impulsive or reckless behavior, this may be an indicator that something is very wrong. Increased use of alcohol or drugs is another warning sign of suicide. 


Some might notice their loved one is collecting pills, or contemplating the purchase of a weapon. Another not as obvious sign might be organizing financial statements or paying off debt.  You might even notice a loved one trying to give away items. If you are unsure about whether or not you are witnessing warning signs, you can talk to a licensed mental health services provider, such as Clearwater Counseling, PC, which can help assess the situation to avoid the worst possible outcome. 


A family history of suicide or a history of trauma and abuse can be potential risk factors., as well. Additionally, if you know someone who has recently experienced a tragedy or loss, check in with them. It's always best to be safe versus sorry. 


Be prepared

No one wants to be caught off guard and underprepared when a suicide-related crisis occurs. Although it may be difficult, be sure to speak honestly and ask questions when the incident occurs. Also, remove any potential weapons from the general area. Calmly offer support or assistance. Maybe offer to call a professional who can help with the situation.  It's important to remember to never make the individual feel threatened or ashamed. Instead, demonstrate patience and kindness. 


Resources are available 

Again, suicide can be preventable, and help is available. If you suspect a loved one might be displaying suicidal thoughts, don't hesitate or delay.  Reach out if you know someone is struggling. Offer to help them receive the professional help they may need. 


Our therapists at Clearwater Counseling, PC are specially trained to handle crisis situations and suicidal thoughts. To schedule an appointment with Clearwater Counseling, PC, please call 308-210-8487 or email [email protected] 


If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.