Greene County forms a caring coalition to address suicide prevention needs

GREENE CO. – “If I had only known” – All too often these are words spoken by those left behind when someone
takes their life. Seeing the need, and wanting others to know something is being done in Greene County, to get information to not only those who are thinking of suicide but to family and friends of those at risk, Greene County Emergency Management Agency along with Erin’s Purpose and Greene County Veterans Affairs Office is forming a caring coalition to meet this need.

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At the September 6th meeting of the President of the Greene County Commissioners, Nathan Abrams signed a proclamation proclaiming September as Greene County Suicide Prevention Month.

In addition, suicide prevention pamphlets are being distributed with information about where to go for help and the signs of somebody thinking of suicide. You can also find information on this website.

Suicide is on the rise in the United States. It is the second cause of death for young people and the cause of death for 44 percent of veterans.

Terri Neighbors

“More than 1,000 Hoosiers have died by suicide every year since 2016, with my daughter Erin being a part of that statistic. I believe that if we as a county can do something to help stop this then we absolutely should do it,” said Terri Neighbors of Erin’s Purpose.

Richard Nichols
Richard Nichols

“As of July 16, 2022, dialing 988 is a toll-free suicide and crisis lifeline. In addition, veterans can dial 988-1 and connect to Veterans Crisis Lifeline which services our nation’s Veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and those who support them. Veterans can continue to text the Veterans Crisis Lifeline shortcode: 838255,” said Richard Nichols, Greene County Veteran Affairs Officer.

“Please take the time to learn about all of the resources available to you and your loved ones in
times of crisis. Our Veterans have always been there for us. Now when they need us most, we will be there for
them.” Nichols continued. “

Suicide has many victims, not only in the short term but long term as well. It’s not just the one that takes their life who is the only victim, more often than not, those left behind suffer in anguish, guilt, and depression for years and never really get over the loss. Since September is national suicide awareness month and school is just starting this is an ideal
time to do this,” said Roger Axe, Director of Greene County Emergency Management. “I sit on the Greene County School Safety Committee and am painfully aware of the plight some students are dealing with. We want not only our young people, but our veterans, and anybody else, to know they do not have to be in isolation suffering in silence the terror and torment of their own private purgatories, it is ok to ask for help because help is available and there is hope.
We want everybody to live out and fulfill their promise. We are our brother’s keeper. More importantly, if we save just one life, then our efforts will be worth it all.”


Help is a phone call away at 800 273-8255.

Often times people think there is no alternative but to take their life. That is not true. People can become so upset and depressed they can’t see or believe there is any hope or they are all alone. Don’t believe it!

People are ready, willing, able, and wanting to help you get through this.

For immediate help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800 273-8255.

Suicide can be the tragic result of untreated depression. Treatment for depression is a vital factor in any suicide prevention. With suicidal depression, different forms of individual therapy contribute toward sustainable healing. Treatment is also essential for suicide survivors.

Know the signs of people thinking of suicide:

  1. Talking about death or suicide.
  2. Seeking methods of self-harm such as online searches or obtaining a gun.
  3. Talking of feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  4. Changes in sleep.
  5. Talking about being a burden to others.
  6. Withdrawal.
  7. Sudden mood changes.
  8. Anxiety or agitation.
  9. No sense of purpose.
  10. Reckless behavior.

What to do if you see these signs:

If you think someone is at immediate risk of self-harm or hurting another person:

  1. Call 911or your local emergency number
  2. Stay with the person until help arrives
  3. Remove any guns, knives, and medications. or other things that may cause harm
  4. Listen, but don’t judge, argue, threaten, or yell,

Helpful websites

Erin’s Purpose at
Romans Warrior Foundation at or
If you are thinking of taking your life or you know somebody that is, seek assistance immediately.


For more information and printable copies of this publication go to

This publication is provided as a public service by Greene County Emergency Management Agency at 812-384-4127, or by email at