Southwest Virginia Resource Directory:  Suicide Prevention Resources


This community continuum-of care is modeled from the Zero Suicide Initiative, which challenges healthcare and behavioral healthcare systems to commit to suicide prevention through a system-wide approach in essential elements to improve outcomes and close gaps. With the JCP, we will address the Transition Essential Element, which provides contact and support during high-risk times for individuals. The JCP is a piece of the continuum-of-care, known as Caring Contacts, that helps an individual transition from inpatient, emergency services, or primary care to outpatient behavioral healthcare. Caring Contacts work by showing support to an individual, promoting an individual’s connections, and increasing individual participation in services. The JCP fulfills this strategy with the mission of helping individuals feel heard.

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Just Checking Program volunteer.

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The Just Checking Program is now part of a community continuum-of-care to prevent suicide providing follow-up to community members seeking support such as transitioning from inpatient to outpatient services, to individuals looking for a regular support network. 

We appreciate your interest in helping your community develop this continuum-of-care by becoming a Just Checking volunteer. 

 

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Links and Resources

Crisis Centers

Befrienders Worldwide Befrienders Wordwide

With 300+ befriending centers world-wide, Befrienders International centers are run by trained volunteers and offer a service that is free, non-judgemental and completely confidential.

Contact USA Contact USA

Contact USA is a network of crisis intervention and telephone helpline centers across the nation and is dedicated to providing leadership and support to these centers

   

Mental Health

Dave Nee Foundation

The mission of the Dave Nee Foundation is to fight depression and prevent suicide by promoting and encouraging the diagnosis and treatment of depression among adolescents and young adults. Their innovative and unique program, Uncommon Counsel, fights depression and works to prevent suicide among law students by educating law students about depression, its prevalence in the legal profession, and the availability and effectiveness of treatment.

Depression and Bipolar Disorder Support Alliance

The Depression and Bipolar Disorder Support Alliance 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.

The Glendon Association

The Glendon Association is an organization whose mission is to save lives and enhance mental health by addressing the social problems of suicide, child abuse, violence, and troubled interpersonal relationships. They conduct research and share what we know through various workshops, publications, and educational documentaries.

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation's voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1,100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education.

Mental Health America

Mental Health America, founded in 1909, is the nation's leading community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for health. It was established on April 7, 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

   

Prevention

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

AFSP is dedicated to advancing our knowledge of suicide and our ability to prevent it. AFSP's activities include supporting research projects, providing information and education about suicide and depression, and supporting programs for suicide survivor treatment, research and education.

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention is in the process of developing a Canadian blueprint for a national strategy for suicide prevention. The purpose is to articulate what a national strategy would look like that would, in turn, prompt action by all segments of Canadian society including all government levels.

Choose Life

Choose Life is a national strategy and action plan to prevent suicide in Scotland.

Defense Suicide Prevention Office

DSPO oversees all strategic development, implementation, centralization, standardization, communication and evaluation of DoD suicide and risk reduction programs, policies and surveillance activities. To reduce the impact of suicide on Service members and their families, DSPO uses a range of approaches related to policy, research, communications, law and behavioral health. DSPO works with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard Bureau to support our Service members and strengthen a resilient and ready force. DSPO strives to help foster a climate that encourages Service members to seek help for their behavioral issues.

The Jason Foundation

In 1997, The Jason Foundation was founded by Clark Flatt after losing his sixteen year-old son, Jason, to the silent epidemic of youth suicide. Since then, The Jason Foundation has worked to help educate young people, parents, teachers, and other who work with young people about youth suicide. Their mission is helping young people deal with the pressures of growing up by offering choices other than suicide as an answer to problems.

The Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation was established in order to prevent suicide 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.

LIFE: Living Is For Everyone

Dedicated to providing the best available evidence and resources to guide activities aimed at reducing the rate at which people take their lives in Australia, the LIFE website is designed for people across the community who are involved in suicide and self-harm prevention activities.

Light for Life Foundation - Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program

A community-based outreach program of Light for Life Foundation International, Yellow Ribbon offers a program that teaches about the internal nature of depression and loneliness. Suicide Prevention Community Development, Gatekeeper Training, seminars, workshops with fully developed curriculum (and videos) are available.

Means Matter: Harvard School of Public Health

Most efforts to prevent suicide focus on why people take their lives. But as we understand more about who attempts sucide and when and where and why, it becomes increasingly clear that how a person attempts - the means they use - plays a key role in whether they live or die.

SA/VE (Suicide Awareness/Voices of Education)

SAVE's mission is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, eliminate stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide offers evidence based and Best Practices suicide prevention training and resources for educators, parents and teens. Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention is a free, 2 hour, online training for educators. Not My Kid: What Every Parent Should Know is a 17 minute video that provides parents with an increased awareness and answers commonly asked questions about teen suicide.

  Suicide Prevention News and Comment

A privately-owned blog maintained by Franklin Cook, a longtime suicide prevention advocate and suicide grief outreach worker.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

A grassroots team of Tennesseans working to eliminate the stigma of suicide, educate the community about the warning signs of suicide, and ultimately reduce the rate of suicide in the state of Tennessee.

   

Youth Suicide

 
   

Professional Organizations

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention is in the process of developing a Canadian blueprint for a national strategy for suicide prevention. The purpose is to articulate what a national strategy would look like that would, in turn, prompt action by all segments of Canadian society including all government levels.

Guard Your Health

Guard Your Health is a central place online for Army National Guard Soldiers and family members to find information and resources on health and medical readiness. Website visitors can access health tips, expert commentary, and community forums on topics such as nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep, dental health, readiness, and family resilience.
International Association for Suicide Prevention

IASP is dedicated to preventing suicidal behavior, to alleviate its effects, and to provide a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors.
National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide (NOPCAS)

NOPCAS is committed to stopping the tragic epidemic of suicide in minority communities. The organization is developing innovative strategies to address this urgent national problem.
   

Research

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), a center for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), works to reduce morbidity, disability, mortality, and costs associated with injuries. The WISQARS Database is an interactive system that provides customize reports of injury-related data.

National Library of Medicine (Medline PLUS)

The National Library of Medicine is the world's largest medical library. Located on the campuses of the National Institute of Health, the Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.
Oxford University Centre for Suicide Research

The Centre focuses on the investigation of the causes, treatment and prevention of suicidal behavior.
SafetyLit

SafetyLit is a service of the San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health in cooperation with the World Health Organization. The weekly SafetyLit Update Bulletin provides abstracts of English language reports from researchers who work in the more than 30 professional disciplines relevant to preventing unintentional injuries, violence, and self-harm.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

   

Surviving Suicide

Alliance of Hope

A website for survivors that includes a lively discussion forum, links to support groups, a recommended book list, even poetry.
Friends for Survival, Inc.

A national outreach program for survivors of suicide loss. Friends for Survival, Inc. is dedicated to providing a variety of peer support services that comfort those in grief, encourage healing and growth, foster the development of skills to cope with a loss and educate the entire community regarding the impact of suicide.
HEARTBEAT Grief Support Following Suicide

Support for those who have lost a loved one through suicide. HEARTBEAT is a peer support group offering empathy, encouragement and direction following the suicide of a loved one.
Memory Tree of Lights

The "Memory Tree of Lights" is a ministry which focuses on the Christmas holiday season and provides comfort, education, intervention and hope to people whose lives have been impacted by the loss of someone to suicide and who are overwhelmed by this loss during the Christmas season.
Music for the Soul

Chaos of the Heart, a CD of music and spoken word, is a faith-based resource for those grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide.
The Samaritans

Samaritans USA is the coalition of the 11 non-profit, non-religious Samaritans suicide prevention centers in the United States. Its primary purpose is to further the Samaritan's principles of befriending people who are depress, in crisis and suicidal as practiced on or through our volunteer-staffed crisis response hotlines, public education programs and suicide survivor support groups.
The Sibling Connection

This site has been created as a resource for anyone who has experience the death of a brother or sister.
SiblingSurvivors.com

A website dedicated to support for people who have lost a sibling to suicide.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) is a UK charity that exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. Their website contains a variety of support material, including testimonies written by survivors.
   

Training

EndingSuicide.com

Through Clinical Tools, Inc., EndingSuicide.com provides simple, coordinated, easily available education to individuals and organizations.
LivingWorks

LivingWorks is an organization dedicated to enhancing suicide intervention skills at the community level, and does so with widely-available suicide prevention training programs designed for all types of caregivers.
   

Treatment

The Aeschi Working Group

A movement for improving the therapeutic approach to the suicidal person.
Theravive Therapist Network

Therapists with Theravive work with clients to resolve issues so that they can move forward with their lives and not be dependent on counseling for years to come. Clients are encouraged in a safe environment to discover how the presenting issues affect life, learn the important changes needed to be made, and with tools provided by the counselor being a new journey towards a brighter future; a more fulfilling life of purpose, meaning, and greater joy.
HelpPro

HelpPro gives people struggling with a suicide crisis an opportunity to link to metnal health service providers with expertise in suicide risk assessment, management and support.
   

Gay Youth Suicide

Kids Help Phone

Canada's only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counseling, referral and Internet service for children and youth. Professional counselors provide immediate caring support to young people in urban and rural communities across the country.
Not MY Kid, Inc.

Not MY Kid is dedicated to raising awareness about the most prevalent youth and adolescent mental and behavioral health issues.
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide offers evidence based and Best Practices suicide prevention training and resources for educators, parents and teens. Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention is a free, 2 hour, online training for educators. Not My Kid: What Every Parent Should Know is a 17 minute video that provides parents with an increased awareness and answers commonly asked questions about teen suicide.
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Exists to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and to build a unified center movement.
The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network

The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
The National Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health

The National Coalation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and communities through public education, coalition building and advoacy that focus on research, policy, education and training.
Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays

Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG national office, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors.
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

SIECUS - the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States - was founded in 1964 to provide education and information about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health.
The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.