Suicide Awareness and Prevention Resources
Suicide Awareness Walk
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network
1-800-273-TALK (8255) (Veterans, press 1)
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line
Current Suicide Prevention Topics, including COVID-19
From the Suicide Prevention Resources Center: Promoting Psychological Health and Suicide Prevention Among Older Adults during COVID-19
A long but very powerful read. Multiple factors drive deaths of despair (deaths due to alcohol abuse, drug overdose and suicide) and solutions during and after the pandemic must be multifaceted as well. Epidemic of Despair
Sharing Kindness wants to share about the increased risk to LGBTQ youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our friends at The Trevor Project write about how the current global pandemic may impact LGBTQ youth. In particular, this paper focuses on social interactions resulting from physical distancing, increases in economic strain, and struggles with worries about the present and future. Sharing Kindness remains committed to supporting LGBTQ youth throughout this pandemic. Implications of COVID-19 for LGBTQ Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Supporting Grieving Children and Teens During the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis When your World is Already Upside Down
In the podcast On Being, Krista Tippett speaks with Jennifer Michael Hecht about the need to make suicide resistance part of our culture.
This New York Times article discusses What Can Be Learned from Differing Rates of Suicide Among Groups.
Read this piece from USA Today about how the COVID-19 isolation and social discord impact young people.
We’re Losing Our kids: Black Youth Suicide Rate
Sharing Kindness stands in solidarity with Black community members traumatized, grieving, and responding to the murder of George Floyd. Racism is a public health crisis in America that needs immediate attention. We share some Black mental health resources here in hopes of supporting individuals, as well as the therapists and counselors who support them. Racism attacks people’s physical and mental health; let’s start the conversation right now. Racism is an Ongoing Public Health Crisis
Anxiety and Depression Association of America offers information and resources for African Americans.
Check out the Black Mental Health Alliance for culturally-relevant forums, training, and referral services.
The lead article from the American Public Health Association discusses this public health crisis.
On Cape Cod
The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands is a non-denominational, non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to provide emotional support to those who are lonely, depressed, or suicidal.
The Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition gives our community the necessary information and tools to raise awareness, promote education, and increase action to reduce suicides.
Cape Cod National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) serves individuals and their families who are affected by the broad spectrum of mental illness and neurological disorders through support, education and advocacy.
Additional Suicide Prevention Resources
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
(AFSP) focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those to have lost someone to suicide.
Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors
The Alliance of Hope provides healing support for people coping with the shock, excruciating grief, and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide.
The Jed Foundation empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults.
The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
Suicide Print Resources
Ashton, Jennifer. Life After Suicide. Finding Courage Comfort and Community After Unthinkable Loss. New York, NY. HarperCollins, 2019.
Fine, Carla. No Time to Say Goodbye. Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One. New York, NY: Broadway Books, 1997.
Hsu, Albert. Grieving a Suicide. A Loved One’s Search for Comfort. Westmont, Il: IVP Books, 2003.
Joiner, Thomas. Why People Die by Suicide. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.
Jordan, Jack and Baugher, Bob. After Suicide Loss. Coping with your Grief. Newcastle, WA: Caring People Press. 2016.
Kramer, Melinda. Letting Go by Holding Tight. A Mother’s Insight into Loss and Recovery. Jacksonville Beach, FL: High-Pitched Hum Publishing, 2007.
Lukas, Christopher and Seiden, Henry. Silent Grief. Living in the Wake of Suicide. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1989.
Redfield Jamison, Kay. Night Falls Fast. Understanding Suicide. New York, NY: Vintage Books. 1999.
Requarth, Margo. After a Parent’s Suicide: Helping Children Heal. Sebastopol, CA: Healing Hearts Press, 2006.
Rolheiser, Ronald. Bruised & Wounded. Struggling to Understand Suicide. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2018.
Rubel, Barbara. But I Didn’t Say Goodbye. Helping Families After a Suicide. Kendall Park, NJ: Griefwork Center. 2020.
Wolfelt, Alan. Understanding Your Suicide Grief. Fort Collins, CO: Companion Press. 2009.