TOWN OF BRISTOL, RI
Emergency? Determine if everyone is safe. Are there weapons? Are other persons, especially children, in the vicinity? In all life threatening situations, please call RI Emergency 911 directly.
Suicide is considered a missed opportunity in prevention. It is also NOT a one size fits all problem. The challenges of one person may not be the challenges of another. To better understand the breadth of the problem and how to address it, we encourage you to read:
Accessing Care; Coordination of Care and Referral Information: Read below.
UNDERSTAND THE CONNECTION BETWEEN MEDICAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
Often times, health and behavioral health problems happen at the same time impacting upon each other and you can feel depressed. Changes in medications or diet, stress, lifestyle issues or previously undiagnosed medical problems can also impact on your mental and physical well being. If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, write a list of your concerns, observations, past and current medical issues and health care challenges as well as any thoughts of depression and suicide. Share your concerns with a trusted family member or friend, emergency room personnel, your health care provider or social service coordinator.
COORDINATE YOUR CARE
Your primary care doctor is your medical home. The best care is coordinated care between a RI licensed primary care doctor and RI licensed behavioral health specialist. Your list of concerns and observations, emergency room assessments, as well as medical and behavioral reports should be provided to and exchanged among your care providers.
THE PATH TO WELLNESS
Staying connected to family, friends and your community is an important component of any prevention and treatment program. Become part of a community organization – faith based, recreational, volunteer, educational, senior, library, youth and teen, garden or environmental organization can provide purpose, friendship and hope. Call the Town of Bristol or visit its website to learn more! Can’t leave your home? Stay connected to The Samaritans of Rhode Island’s free, listening line where trained volunteers listen and befriend without judgment. Callers are invited to call as often as needed. Call (401) 272-4044 or (1-800) 365-4044.
MEDICAL EMERGENCY OPTIONS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN (INSURED OR UNINSURED)
- If it’s an Emergency -please call RI Emergency 911 directly. Rescue will bring you to the nearest hospital emergency room for an emergency assessment.
- Walk into the nearest acute care hospital for an emergency assessment. Hospitals can also provide guidance on follow-up care and treatment. To learn more about hospital based services at our Rhode Island’s acute care hospital facilities visit the Hospital Association of RI.
- For all children ages (infant -18)- Walk into Hasbro Children’s Hospital for emergency assessment. Hasbro can provide guidance on follow-up care and treatment.
- Always contact your pediatrician, family doctor or primary care facility.
FOLLOW-UP CARE OPTIONS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN (INSURED AND UNINSURED)
Primary Health Care, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Social Services and Veterans Services
- Find Health Care serving Bristol through the RI Health Center Association of Rhode Island.
- Find comprehensive services for veterans at the Providence VA Medical Center.
- Find Social Services, Health and Mental Health Care serving Bristol through the RI Community Action Association.
- Find a provider of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Care through a RI licensed community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Center serving Bristol.
- Find a provider of services for children, youth and families serving Bristol through the RI Department of Children, Youth and Families.
ADDITIONAL REFERRAL AND EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION
Find Medical, Behavioral Services, Advocacy, Support Groups and other Community Care.
- Visit the Town of Bristol website for resources in your community.
- Visit The Samaritans of RI website Resource Center page.
- Learn more – Mental Health Care Services in Rhode Island
- Can’t afford medications? You may be eligible for assistance. Learn more from the Partnership for Prescription Assistance.
Are you suffering from depression or a caregiver stressed by worry?
Need to Talk? Call a Friend at The Samaritans.
RI’s most trusted listening line since 1977
Rhode Islanders of all ages call The Samaritans when they just need someone to listen. Trained volunteers provide free, nonjudgmental befriending to the hopeless, alone, suicidal, grieving, infirmed and to caregivers stressed by worry and responsibility. The Samaritans of RI does not replace professional medical, mental health, social service or pastoral care. However, we can provide supportive services between appointments, when family and friends are not available or when professional care is not an option. Callers are invited to call as often as needed. (401) 272-4044 or (1-800) 365-4044.
Suicide Prevention Resources for Rhode Island Residents
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