The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 150 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices. Call 1-800-273-8255 for 24/7 support.
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances. If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, there are caring, qualified VA responders standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, text 838255, or chat online here.
The Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. With over 100 million messages processed to date, we’re growing quickly, but so is the need.
Risk Identification with the Columbia Protocol is directive enough that you have an immediate indication of level of risk and flexible enough that interventions can be modified using clinical judgment. This enables everyone from parents to psychiatrists to utilize its evidence based features.
Spread the word about suicide prevention, and show how we can all take action and make an impact in someone’s life. Share #BeThe1To’s 5 action steps, as well as resources, tips and messages throughout National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond. Learn about each step and why the steps are effective here.
The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is a national organization whose mission it is to promote the understanding and prevention of suicide and to support those who have been affected by it. AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals.
The American College Counseling Association (ACCA) strives to support and enhance the practice of college counseling, to promote ethical and responsible professional practice, to promote communication and exchange among college counselors across service areas and institutional settings, to encourage cooperation with other organizations related to higher education and college student development, and to provide leadership and advocacy for the profession of counseling in higher education.
Psych Hub is an online platform providing free, engaging videos about mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention. Psych Hub aims to be the trusted resource for consumers, family members, healthcare professionals and anyone else seeking best in class content on evidence-based behavioral health and substance use disorders...click to read more.
Suicide prevention efforts can have greater power when they move beyond a single organization to reach a whole community. Find out what’s going on in your state and consider ways to join with partners to have a greater impact. Learn more at www.sprc.org/states.
Military & Veterans
TAPS offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in our Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources—all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. TAPS has assisted more than 85,000 surviving families, casualty officers, and caregivers. It provides a variety of programs to survivors nation and worldwide. The TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp has been held annually in Washington, D.C., over Memorial Day weekend since 1994. TAPS also conducts regional survivor seminars for adults and youth programs at locations across the country, as well as retreats and expeditions around the world...click to read more.
You don’t have to be an expert to ask if someone is going through a difficult time or having thoughts of suicide. If you notice changes in a Veteran’s behavior or moods and you think they might be in crisis, it’s time to respond. The simple act of having a conversation can help save a life. This guide from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers tips on how to have this important conversation...click to read more.
The loss of a loved one to suicide is often shocking, painful and unexpected. The grief that follows such a loss can be intense, complex and long term. This brief guide written by the American Association of Suicidology offers advice on how to best offer support to those who are survivors of suicide loss.