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Recent celebrity deaths are an opportunity to help others manage suicidal feelings


June 23, 2018

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – In the wake of recent high-profile celebrity suicides, behavioral health experts at Riverside University Health System are encouraging community members to educate themselves about resources available to those struggling with feelings of isolation and hopelessness.

“The deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain provide all of us with an opportunity to have a conversation about suicide and to learn more about the help and support available to anyone in distress,” said Angela Igrisan, deputy director of RUHS Behavioral Health. Igrisan advises friends and families to listen to their loved ones and to pay attention to sudden changes in behavior or increasing isolation

“Pain isn’t always obvious,” Igrisan says. “There are trained, compassionate people who are here to help. Please, find a link to resources that will help overcome the isolation that often accompanies suicidal feelings:”

  • 2-1-1 for referrals for health and social services

  • 24/7 HELP Line (951) 686 – 4357 to be connected with mental health resources

  • 24/7 Mental health urgent care locations:

  • Riverside – 9990 County Farm Road, Suite 6, Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 509 – 2499

  • Perris – 85 Ramona Expressway, Suite 1-3, Perris, CA 92571 (951) 349 – 4195

  • Palm Springs – 2500 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite A4, Palm Springs, CA, 92262 (442) 268 – 7000

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273 – 8255, en Español (888) 628 – 9454

  • Send a text to 741741

  • Know the signs at www.suicideispreventable.org

Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health encourages everyone to reach out to any friends, family and co-workers who may be having difficulty coping. It’s important to know the signs, find the words and reach out.



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