I work for the ambulance, and sadly deal with people wanting to end there lives alot more than I would like. Most of the time we get there in time, oddly enough I have been to 3 succsessful suicides and they were all elderly people (over the age of 70) my prob. is the ones who dont sucseed(sp?). I feel really bad for these people as I know that they are hurting really bad, BUT my coworkers are very "cold" when it comes to this. Maybe cause they have done the job for so long, or maybe because they dont understand being that low. How do i deal with these people? It makes me so angry the way they talk after the call (I wont elaborate, as it is very mean) how do I tell them that these people just want some help. What about the teenager who took a whole bottle of tylenol, my coworkers think it's a attempt for attention, but doesnt she deserve some compassion? We (the ambulance crew) know that chances of tylenol killing you are slim, but maybe she thought it would work. I dont want to turn into the person who thinks OMG if she wanted to die she would have done something differant than tylenol, only to pick her up next time after she did something more serious. Maybe I should have a training session on this, who would I have as a speaker? Sorry for rambling, if you have any ideas on how to deal with my patients, and coworkers thanks. I hope none of this offended anyone, if it did it came out wrong.
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