If you are having thoughts of suicide, you can reach someone 24 hours a day at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255, or click here for their online chat. There are hundreds more organizations working to reduce the alarming number of suicides, and other helpful resources, including people writing about their own experiences. Below are some we know about.
Sam Eaton's Recklessly Alive is a website where you can read Sam's story, and keep up with his speaking engagements and the other aspects of his suicide ministry. Sam approaches the topic from a Christian perspective, but Christian faith is not required to be encouraged by his message.
Bittersweet is a blog written by a mother who lost her eldest daughter to suicide in 2013. Jenna was in the middle of her freshman year of high school when she ended her life. (Beth lives in my town and was generous enough to connect with me and offer companionship and comfort to me in the days following Rader's suicide.--Susan)
Listed below are additional resources for suicide prevention, mental health, and grief support. Check them out to see the work they are doing. If you are aware of a suicide prevention resource not on our list, please let us know using the CONTACT link in the navigation menu at the top left of the page.
The mission of the American Association of Suicidology is to promote the understanding and prevention of suicide and support those who have been affected by it. "We are an inclusive community that envisions a world where people know how to prevent suicide and find hope and healing."
Befrienders Worldwide is a worldwide network of volunteers who provide appropriate emotional support services for people who are suicidal and/or in distress. The "Help & Support" area of their website includes sections on warning signs, listening skills, helping a friend, and even one for those bereaved by suicide.
BeThe1To is a movement providing suicide prevention resources to the public, including five steps to help someone in crisis.
Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation is devoted to empowering youth and inspiring bravery. They work with young people to build kinder communities and improve mental health resources. Visit their website or follow @btwfoundation on Twitter and Instagram to see what they're doing.
The mission of Bring Change to Mind is to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. They create multimedia campaigns to encourage cultural conversation around mental health. Visit their site to watch and share some of their amazing videos.
The Compassionate Friends is an internationally known support group for parents who have lost a child.
Crisis Text Line: text 741741 in the U.S.
The Families for Depression Awareness website is full of helpful information — more than I can describe — from family stories to an expansive list of books and memoirs, including many I hadn't heard of before. Take some time to look around; it’s worth it.
Find Your Anchor is a grassroots resource for suicide prevention. Click for an infographic about their mission and methods. They offer the FYAbox to encourage anyone who is struggling. You can order one for free for yourself or to give away.
The mission of Forefront is to empower individuals and communities to take sustainable action to prevent suicide, champion systemic change, and restore hope.
Hilinski’s Hope was formed, as was the Rader Ward Foundation, after the loss of a son to suicide. Tyler Hilinski was an outstanding college football player, so Hilinski’s Hope focuses on college mental health, particularly among athletes. They are working to fund programs that will help educate, advocate, and to destigmatize mental illness.
“Inspired by hope, realized by science.” Hopelab is a social innovation lab focused on designing science-based technologies to improve the health and well-being of teens and young adults. Visit their website to see the range of important work they are doing, and read their fascinating blog.
The Jed Foundation empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults.
Live Through This is a collection of portraits and true stories of suicide attempt survivors across the United States, curated by Dese’Rae L. Stage, a photographer, writer, and suicide prevention activist. Stage was one of the participants in CNN's Finding Hope town hall special.
MakeItOK.org is a campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illnesses. They also make an amazing podcast called The Hilarious World of Depression which, well, you should just download an episode and listen.
Mental Health America is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.
NAMI: National Alliance for Mental Illness
The National Council for Behavioral Health site offers a helpful web page on suicide prevention.
National Council for Suicide Prevention is a national coalition of seven leading nonprofits working to end suicide in the United States.
NotOK App: A pair of teen siblings came up with a super easy safety plan when the sister was struggling with depression, and they turned it into a free app that's literally saving lives. Get it for yourself or share it with a struggling loved one.
Project Semicolon works at the international, national, state and local levels to prevent suicide using a public health model in suicide prevention; concentrating its efforts on education and awareness. They sell semicolon merchandise as part of their fundraising efforts.
Refuge in Grief is the website of author Megan Devine, who wrote It's OK That You're Not OK, an excellent book about living with grief in a culture that doesn't know what to do about it.
SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education was one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Their work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. "Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the right tools, we know we can SAVE lives."
Are you worried about a friend but don't know what to say? Seize the Awkward is here to help.
Speaking of Suicide describes itself as "a site for suicidal individuals and their loved ones, survivors, mental health professionals, and the merely curious."
Stay Wear is a clothing brand that donates a small percentage of profits to anti-bullying and suicide prevention charities.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. It has a comprehensive "News & Highlights" section.
Suicide Is Preventable is a social marketing campaign that grew from Each Mind Matters, the state of California's mental health movement. It's built on three key messages: Know the Signs. Find the Words. Reach Out.
Survivors of Suicide, Greenville, S.C., is a support group for families who have lost a loved one to suicide. The group meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Take This®, Inc. seeks to inform the video game community about mental health issues, to provide education about mental disorders and mental illness prevention, and to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
Terrible, Thanks For Asking is a podcast from author and widow Nora McInerny. You’ll be surprised at how much you enjoy, in Nora’s words, this “funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word.”
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Youth in need can call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 or click here for TrevorChat.
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
What's Your Grief is run by a pair of mental health professionals specializing in grief and bereavement. Their mission is "to promote grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways."
The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® (Light for Life Foundation International) is dedicated to preventing suicide and attempts by making suicide prevention accessible to everyone and removing barriers to help.