Suicide Prevention Resources
It was at the first annual Cape & Islands Suicide Awareness Walk that founders Kim Mead-Walters and David Walters—who lost their 16-year-old son, Jeremy, to suicide the previous year—witnessed the magnitude of how stigma, and its resulting silence, can impact a community. They realized that just like them, the 400 people who gathered for the walk lacked the support and resources to process their experiences, some suffering in silence for many years. They had been waiting for this day to share their stories and move forward, united in grief.
At Sharing Kindness, we support each other by acknowledging our pain, love and loss. For most of us this requires education. We hope these resources resonate with you and help you spread awareness in your own communities, professional and social circles.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, there is help available.
‣ 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: call 988 OR Click here to chat online
‣ Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741
Resources and information
For those who are struggling and their support networks:
An international center for psychiatric treatment, education and research, McLean Hospital provides valuable information on crisis support lines, identifying those at risk, and helpful resources for parents and teens.
For teens and young adults:
The Jed Foundation empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults.
A national organization, the Trevor Project offers crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
McLean Hospital’s online resource for clinicians, developed to provide updated information on the status of suicide-focused assessment and treatment.
There are many challenges to covering suicide, whether your role is in journalism or social media marketing. This guide from the American Association of Suicidology ensures that when reporting on suicide, all media outlets are speaking the same language and spreading awareness with senstivity to at-risk populations.
Suicide Prevention and Grief Support Programs
Sharing Kindness offers a range of educational and support programming in our communities, such as trainings and movie screenings for local human services and school departments; grief support programs for suicide loss survivors; and postvention services for families, school communities and others in the aftermath of a suicide. ‣View programs