Ozark Center Crisis Hotline

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(64804) — Saturday morning police responded to the Mercy Convenient Care parking lot to a report of a male slumped over the wheel of a car and bleeding, also a gun was visible through the closed window.  Police arrived quickly.  It was a massive scene.  The vehicle was locked, windows up.  They had to break the glass and the male was deceased.  It was determined to be suicide.  Not something we normally put on the news.   

But it happened – on Rangeline – and it looked HUGE.  Because it was in the middle of a busy morning and a very public place.   

Our thoughts are with the family of the man.  

The Ozark Center has a 24-hour crisis line if you or someone you know are thinking about hurting themselves or someone else.  Suicide is not something we report on the news since it is normally a private family matter.  The crisis line is answered locally.  (source: Ozark Center, a div of Freeman Health Systems)

Ozark Center – When should you call the crisis line?

  • A friend or family member talks about death, dying or suicide
  • You experience:
  • Acute psychiatric crises, including severe, prolonged depression, anxiety or panic attacks; psychosis; hallucinations; paranoia; mania; sleeplessness; mood swings; rage or eating disorders
  • Shelter or housing needs
  • Domestic situations involving violence or threats of violence to others
  • Chemical dependency or substance use issues
  • Child and adolescent parenting problems
  • Family or relationship problems
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • For short-term counseling needs
  • For information about prevention, resources or referrals for behavioral health services in our area

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide it’s the same number, a local person will answer 24 hours a day: 


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