Emergency contact information
Springfield Police Department
417-864-1700 or 911
Sheriff Greene County
Burrell Center Inc./Crisis Assist Team
24-hr Crisis Line
417-862-6555 or 800-494-7355
Missouri State University
Emergency room contact
- Mercy Hospital
- Cox Medical Center South
- Cox Medical Center North
How you can help
- Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-fact about suicide. Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
- Be non-judgmental. Don't debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or feelings are good or bad. Don't lecture on the value of life.
- Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
- Don't dare him or her to do it.
- Don't act shocked. This will put distance between you.
- Don't be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
- Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.
- Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.
- Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention or suicide prevention.
- For information on other suicide education sites. (http://www.save.org/)
- For help in understanding suicide. (http://www.suicidology.org/understandingsuicide.htm)
- For additional information regarding suicide. (http://www.siec.ca)
If you have difficulty coping after the emergency, contact the Counseling Center or see the list of Springfield resources.