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exercise. I have a strong immune system. This
did not prevent me from contracting diseases.
Thank you again for your wise inclusion of
this topic in a well-educated county, which
is unfortunately directing itself back ward.
FRANCINE FALK-ALLEN, SAN RAFAEL
Know the Signs
The tragic death of Robin Williams has brought
suicide into mainstream conversation and has
provided an opportunity to review what to do
when signs of depression are apparent in a friend
or family member. You can start by erasing
any resistance you may have to addressing the
subject. Suicide happens in secret. Bringing the
subject into the light by discussing it can help
those thinking about suicide. Be straightforward, name the symptoms you notice, and ask,
“Do you ever have thoughts of suicide?” Unless
you feel completely reassured to the contrary,
ask for details: how would the person go about
it and under what circumstances. If a plan has
been thought out, you have a very real reason
to be concerned. Get this person to agree and
confirm that he or she will contact you before
taking any such action. A written agreement is
best, because it engages more of the senses, but
one made with eye contact and a handshake
is better than none. Make sure your person of
concern has the phone number of an effective
crisis hot line. Let family members know. Don’t
let fear of betrayal stop you from saving a life. If
danger is imminent, you need to be more direct
and proactive and get the person to a hospital, or
if you cannot do that, engage the help of police.
For more details about what to do, call the crisis
hot line at 415.499.1100 or take a course with the
North Bay Suicide Prevention Project. BARBARA
NELSON, MA, LMFT, SAUSALITO
In our Private School Guide (September, 2014)
we incorrectly listed the student-to-faculty
ratio for St. Vincent de Paul High School in
Petaluma as 30:1. The correct ratio is 11:1.
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