Resources that Can Help with Suicide Prevention
Suicide is a topic that is near to my heart. This month is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Specifically, if you think someone you know is in danger, call 911! Make sure they seek help. During an escalated situation, sometimes mental clarity can get in the way. For that reason, recognize the problem. Therefore, be prepared and have numbers handy. For that reason, understand that the person you are helping can cause friction. During this friction time, do not be offended by what could be said to you. By you making the phone call and intervening, you are saving another person’s life. Specifically, your friend’s life. Also, do not disappear. Firstly, the person you are helping feels abandoned. Secondly, by staying with them, you are showing them they are still loved. More often than not, this act is as important as that first phone call of help.
1. Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
Website: http://www.sprc.org/ Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Subsequently, the (SPRC) is the only federally supported resource center.
2. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
The National Institute of Mental Health is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. Firstly, they want to help people understand mental illness. Secondly, the treatment of this illness.
3. Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS)
Teen suicide is a growing problem in America. Consequently, SPTS is a nonprofit organization.
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC views overall mental health and suicide as important public health issues.
5. Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
This is a public and private alliance of organizations.
6. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
The AFSP website has a long list of resources. It also provides help to people who have lost loved ones to suicide.
7. Crisis Text Line
Website: https://www.crisistextline.org/ Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741
Teens are often more comfortable texting than talking on the telephone. They will help de-escalate individuals who are considering suicide.
HelpGuide provides information on a wide variety of mental health issues.
9. Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
Website: https://save.org/ Crisis line: 1-800-273-8255
Founded by a mother who lost her daughter to suicide in 1979. SAVE’s mission is to help prevent suicide.
10. The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project was founded in 1998. These services help the LGBTQ+ young people under 25.
11. For My Spanish-Speaking Visitors
Please click on the Las Disparidades Raciales en el Tratamiento de la Salud Mental: Investigación y Recursos. Also, thank you to Sarah Martell at Web Advocates for the link and information.