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“If you are looking for a sign not to kill yourself, this is it.” – Unknown
If you are looking for a sign to stay alive, consider the above quote your sign. Whether you know it or not, the world needs your talents and unique inner gifts. You have the opportunity to make some sort of positive difference in this world. If you were looking for a sign from God, the Universe, or an Angel to continue living, consider this your sign. Sometimes a simple sign letting you know that someone cares and wants you to keep living is all that you need.
quoted from mentalhealthdaily
September 2015 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - See more at: http://www.nami.org/suicideawarenessmonth/hp#sthash.dI91utuv.dpuf
Safe Call Now
is a confidential, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for all public safety employees, all emergency services personnel and their family members nationwide. Call 1-206-459-3020 or 1-877-230-6060.
9-8-8 Bill Passes Congress!
On Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 NAMI celebrated the passage of S. 2661: the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020. The bill establishes the plan to implement a universal three-digit number, 9-8-8, for mental health crises and suicide prevention. This number has the potential to save lives when every second counts.
The bill will now head to the President to be signed into law. The Federal Communications Commission has stated that this will become operational by July 2022.
Call to inquire about updated information
- The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people ages 13-24
24 hour confidential suicide hotline 1-866-488-7386, or
On-line Chat and confidential text messaging - text "Trevor" to 1-202-304-1200
- AFSP- Hudson Valley
- Orange County Suicide Prevention and Awareness
- The JED Foundation
JED is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.
My Friend is Suicide: What Should I Do?
Orange County Friends Help Friends Suicide Prevention and Awareness Smartphone App for android and iOS:
- iOS Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/
The Friends Help Friends smart-phone app provides information, tools, and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Download the app today and encourage friends and family to do the same. Education is the key to prevention and with information like this as close as your smartphone. You could help save a life!
The Friends Help Friends app contains the following information most of which has been extracted from various national suicide prevention resources:
- Know the Signs
- How to Help
- Prevention Resources and Gatekeeper Training
- Stats and Facts
- A video introduction from the Orange County Executive, Stephen Neuhaus
- En Español
Remember if this is an emergency situation call 911!
If you would like to talk to a trained counselor or need help with connecting to local resources call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK or The Orange County Helpline 1-800-832-1200.
- Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide
NAMI developed this 33 page downloadable guide to support people experiencing a mental health crisis and their loved ones. The guide addresses all aspects of what to expect during a crisis and suggestions for how to respond. The guide has five supplemental tip sheets.
- Now Matters Now
Strategies to survive; also includes videos on mindfulness, paced breathing & abdominal breathing (impacting vagal nerve to reduce anxiety)
- The Kevin Hines Story (YouTube video)
Kevin, who was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when he was 17, is one of only 34 survivors who attempted suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge. Hear his amazing story. Kevin authored the book, "Cracked, Not Broken"
- The Bridge Between Suicide and Life TED Conference Video
"For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide."
Suicide prevention, warning signs, risk factors
Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One
The suicide of a loved one can have a profound and sometimes devastating impact on those left behind. The bereaved after suicide may encounter high levels of disorientation, guilt, regret, anger, and trauma. These grieving individuals, called "survivors", often struggle with the social stigma of suicide and may also be at risk for higher rates of complicated grief and future suicide ideation or attempts. Surviving the suicide of a loved one is therefore a life-changing experience that requires specialized support.
Healing Conversations – formerly known as the Survivor Outreach Program through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – gives those who have lost someone to suicide the opportunity to talk with our experienced volunteers. These AFSP volunteers, who are themselves survivors of suicide loss, offer understanding and guidance in the weeks and months following a suicide death.
Available on the phone or by video chat, our volunteers are familiar with the isolation that so often accompanies a death of this kind, and are able to show suicide loss survivors a way forward into a world of support, by creating an opportunity for the newly bereaved to speak openly with, and ask questions of, someone who has been there, too, and truly gets it.
When someone contacts us to request a conversation, we will ask them some questions about their loss, so that we may match them with a suitable volunteer who has experienced a similar loss. Their peer support volunteer will contact them to schedule a conversation at a convenient time
You could complete their intake form by clicking here.
For more information email Hudson Valley Coordinator, Judy Battista: email@example.com
- If you've lost someone to Suicide, you are not alone. NAMI Sullivan County, NY offers ZOOM Suicide Bereavement Groups the first Wednesday evening of each month -- from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, a SAFE place to share. For information, phone (845) 794-1029.
- Survivors Resources:
Since its inception, Survivor Resources has served thousands of clients in the Minneapolis area. It has continued to be dedicated to helping families not only affected by homicide, but other violent, unexpected death incidents including accidental overdose and suicide.
While the support group information is local to Minneapolis, this website still has good articles by clicking on the "knowledge" tab.
September was Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
excerpts from NAMI.org
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.
Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.
Every year thousands of individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called “suicide loss survivors”) are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. NAMI is here to help.