In a Crisis - Call 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
Way To Be Helpful To Someone Who Is Threatening Suicide
- Be aware. Learn the warning signs.
- Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
- Ask if he/she is thinking about suicide.
- Be direct. Talk openly and freely about suicide.
- Be willing to listen. Allow for expression of feelings. Accept the feelings.
- Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or feelings are good or bad. Don’t lecture on the value of life.
- Don’t dare him/her to do it.
- Don’t give advice by making decisions for someone else to tell them to behave differently.
- Don’t ask ‘why’. This encourages defensiveness.
- Offer empathy, not sympathy.
- Don’t act shocked. This creates distance.
- Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
- Offer hope that alternatives are available, do not offer glib reassurance; it only proves you don’t understand.
Take action! Remove means! Get help from individuals or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.
For those of you in West Virginia -
There are many resources below that can aide in recovery - we hope you find some information that helps YOU!
American Association of Suicidology
The goal of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is to understand and prevent suicide. Founded in 1968 by Edwin S. Shneidman, Ph.D., AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers. In addition, AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.
American Psychiatric Association
Information about mental heath and choosing a psychiatrist.
American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With more than 154,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) is the only national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to informing the public, healthcare professionals and legislators that anxiety disorders are real, serious and treatable. The ADAA promotes the early diagnosis, treatment and cure of anxiety disorders, and is committed to improving the lives of the people who suffer from them.
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
Association for Persons in Supported Employment, now known as APSE was founded in 1988 and is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. APSE is a growing national non-profit membership organization.
Befrienders Worldwide centers work to reduce suicide worldwide with 31,000 volunteers in almost 40 countries.
Best Drug Rehabilitation
At Best Drug Rehabilitation we have a goal to make every client that we treat feel as comfortable as possible while they are in our facilities and help every client through the stages of their addiction treatment, so that each individual can have the best chance to start fresh once they have left our treatment facilities. We do not believe that every individual needs the same kind of treatment.
The Bright Side
The Bright Side is a website administered by Psyche Minded, Inc, a non-profit organization, which aims to provide support for anyone who is feeling emotionally overwhelmed with life. At this time, the organization consists entirely of volunteers who are contributing their time, money and expertise to creating this online community.
CBS Cares' website is intended to provide additional information for viewers on causes that are the subject of CBS' on-air public service announcements, which includes depression.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the 13 major operating components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services, especially for those people who are least able to help themselves.
Centre for Suicide Research
The Centre is based in the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry. Professor Keith Hawton is its Director. Professor Mark Williams also leads a research group within the Centre. The overall research programme of the Centre is focused on investigation of the causes, treatment and prevention of suicidal behaviour.
Centre for Suicide Prevention
The Centre for Suicide Prevention has three main branches -- The Suicide Information & Education Collection (SIEC) is a special library and resource centre providing information on suicide and suicidal behaviour. The Suicide Prevention Training Programs (SPTP) branch provides caregiver training in suicide intervention, awareness, bereavement, crisis management and related topics. Suicide Prevention Research Projects (SPRP) advocates for, and supports research on suicide and suicidal behaviour.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the nation's leading patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses - depression and bipolar disorder. The organization fosters an understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically-based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure. The organization works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably.
DivineCaroline is the flagship site of Real Girls Media Network, Inc. RGM combines real voices with guided editorial and the dynamism of an online community. Through their proprietary technology, they enable members to easily submit -- and automatically publish -- their thoughts and stories. DivineCaroline gives all visitors a variety of ways to engage with the content and the community. Eventually the network will consist of multiple sites and resources serving different age groups.
Founded in 1995, Foundations Recovery Network (FRN) quickly established itself as a premier organization for treating persons with a Dual Diagnosis of substance addiction and mental health disorders. FRN offers a continuum of care for those battling with co-occurring disorders including outpatient services, vocational rehabilitation and residential programs in Malibu, Memphis and Palm Springs.The FRN treatment program incorporates the 12-step philosophy while utilizing motivational interviewing techniques and has a proven successful recovery outcome. Our residential model has achieved remarkable and measurable outcomes for the dually diagnosed as well as gaining national recognition as an exemplary program.
With a highly experienced and caring staff, comprehensive treatment facilities and a long-term commitment to helping those with co-occurring conditions, FRN provides a full scope of services to meet the needs of persons with dual disorders.
Families for Depression Awareness
Families that work together are best able to cope with depressive disorders. Our organization, Families for Depression Awareness, helps people in caregiver roles and people with depressive disorders understand the conditions, reduce stigma, and share issues.
The Fred Fund
The Fred Fund serves Taos County, New Mexico and seeks to diminish the stigma associated with suicide and provides a forum for interaction regarding emotional and mental conditions associated with suicide.
Gift From Within
Gifts from Within is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals.
The Jason Foundation
The Jason Foundation's mission is to provide information, tools, and resources to students, educators/youth workers, and parents that will enable early detector of at-risk behavior and guide them to local help resources.
The Jed Foundation
The Jed Foundation was established in order to reduce the suicide rate on college campuses and focus on the underlying causes of suicide. The Jed Foundation convenes higher education and government leaders as well as scientific research and mental health experts in order to design effective prevention programs that reflect the best in current thinking. The Foundation creates innovative websites, such as Ulifeline™, which brings help directly to students by linking them to their respective college health centers, and lobbies in Washington, in boardrooms, in academe and at public meetings to reduce stigma and increase services to young adults.
Kristin Brooks Hope Center's National Hopeline Network
Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher dedicated this national crisis hotline network in May 1999. 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) connects people who are depressed or suicidal -- or those who are concerned about someone they love -- automatically to a CONTACT USA or AAS certified crisis center.
The Link 's National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare
The Link's Suicide Prevention and Aftercare Program offers services for survivors who have lost a loved one by suicide. The Aftercare Program includes support groups, telephone counseling, grief counseling, and consultation.
Mental Health America
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, they represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation -- everyday and in times of crisis.
The Mental Help Net website exists to promote mental health and wellness education and advocacy.
Mood & Anxiety Disorders Institute Resource Center
The mission of the Mood & Anxiety Disorders Institute (MADI) Resource Center is to educate patients, families, caregivers and the community about mood and anxiety disorders in order to increase understanding, instill hope, facilitate recovery and improve lives.
National Alliance for the Mental Illness
The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive developmental disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain. NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases.
NICHCY (National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities) serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth. Here, you’ll also find easy-to-read information on IDEA, the law authorizing early intervention services and special education.
National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the HHS, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases. Composed of 27 Institutes and Centers, the NIH provides leadership and financial support to researchers in every state and throughout the world.
National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is one of 27 components of the NIH, the Federal government's principal biomedical and behavioral research agency. The NIMH mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior. This public health mandate demands that we harness powerful scientific tools to achieve better understanding, treatment, and eventually, prevention of these disabling conditions that affect millions of Americans.
National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide
The National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide (NOPCAS) was formed to stop the tragic epidemic of suicide in minority communities. The organization is developing innovative strategies to address this urgent national problem.
The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a website for connecting wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, and their families with those who support them.
- It provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Visitors can find information on a variety of topics including benefits & compensation, education & training, employment, family & caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation & travel, volunteer opportunities and other services & resources.
- The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs. The information contained within the NRD is from federal, state and local government agencies; Veterans service and benefit organizations; non-profit and community-based organizations; academic institutions and professional associations that provide assistance to wounded warriors and their families.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's mission is to provide immediate assistance to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider through a toll-free telephone number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). It is the only national suicide prevention and intervention telephone resource funded by the Federal Government.
National Violent Death Reporting System
NVDRS collects data on violent deaths from a variety of sources, including death certificates, police reports, medical examiner and coroner reports, and crime laboratories. Individually, these sources provide fragmented data that explain violence only in a narrow context. Together, these sources offer a more comprehensive picture of the circumstances surrounding a homicide or suicide. As a result, NVDRS provides insight into the optimal points for intervention, thus improving violence prevention efforts.
Rehabinfo's mission is to educate their visitors through research-based, expert written content. They are dedicated to providing comprehensive information about addiction, treatment options and the path to full recovery.
Rita Sanskrit for Truth is a global movement to stop suicide and to celebrate life. Rita Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization devoted to using the arts to help survivors of suicide connect with the power of creation, and in doing so, foster transformation.
Samaritans USA is the coalition of the 11 non-profit, non-religious Samaritans suicide prevention centers in the United States whose first branch was established in 1974 and who respond collectively to almost 250,000 calls annually. Its primary purpose is to further the Samaritian's principles of befriending people who are depressed, in crisis and suicidal as practiced on or through our volunteer-staffed crisis response hotlines, public education programs and suicide survivor support groups. The Samaritans "befriending" model emphasizes active listening and the providing of unconditional emotional support. Samaritans USA is a member of the oldest and largest suicide prevention network in the world with over 400 centers in 32 countries.
StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. SAMHSA was established in 1992 and directed by Congress to target effectively substance abuse and mental health services to the people most in need and to translate research in these areas more effectively and more rapidly into the general health care system. Over the years SAMHSA has demonstrated that - prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the Nation's health.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
The mission of SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, eliminate stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.
Suicide Prevention Action Network USA
The Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preventing suicide through public education and awareness, community action and federal, state and local grassroots advocacy. The organization was founded in 1996 by Gerald and Elsie Weyrauch of Marietta, Georgia, survivors of the suicide of their 34-year-old physician daughter, Terri. Their goal was to create a way for survivors of suicide -- those who have lost someone to suicide -- to transform their grief into positive action to prevent future tragedies. SPAN USA is a division of AFSP.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) supports suicide prevention with the best of science, skills and practice. The Center provides prevention support, training, and informational materials to strengthen suicide prevention networks and advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Funded through a cooperative agreement between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Education Development Center, Inc., (EDC), SPRC works in collaboration with ten partner organizations.
The Teen Screen National Center for Mental Health Checkups at Columbia University is a leading voice in the early identification of mental illness in youth. They are committed to translating science into service by working to have mental health checkups incorporated into routine adolescent health care. Voluntary mental health screening is provided in more than 900 sites in 44 states through the TeenScreen Primary Care and TeenScreen Schools and Communities programs.
Yellow Ribbon International Suicide Prevention Program
The Yellow Ribbon program was founded in 1994 by the parents of a bright, funny, loving teen, Mike Emme, who took his life when he did not know the words to say, or how to let someone know he was in trouble and needed help.
The Mayo Clinic has specific resources about suicide and for the survivors.
Bring Change to Mind
This website has a lot of information dealing with mental health.
This website is geared towards young adults and teens and covers a lot issues.
Pamphlet for Funeral Directors
This pamphlet contains useful information for funeral directors
We will add more sites as suggested - please send your suggestions to Debbie Cardwell.