Suicide affects us all. Every year, millions of Americans are directly affected by the more than 37,000 suicides and hundreds of thousands of suicide attempts made by friends or loved ones. Yet, suicide is preventable. Suicide prevention can take place in many settings. Teachers can observe students' behavior and seek help when they suspect a student may be at risk of self-harm. Workplace managers can offer gatekeeper trainings to their employees. Teens can talk to their friends, and go to their parents or other trusted adults, if they think someone they know may be at risk for suicide.
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7. When you dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255), you are calling the crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. After you call, you will hear a message saying you have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You will hear hold music while your call is being routed. You will be helped by a skilled, trained crisis worker who will listen to your problems and will tell you about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free. www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
HELP SOMEONE ELSE ONLINE
From time to time you may encounter a person who is expressing thoughts of suicide on your social media sites. If someone you know online is showing any of these warning signs, it is important that you post a message encouraging them to call the Lifeline. If you are friends with the person in real life or know where the person is, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) so that you can talk to a crisis counselor.
HELPING SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?
The loss of a loved one by suicide is often shocking, painful and unexpected. The grief that ensues can be intense, complex and long term. Grief and bereavement are an extremely
individual and unique process.
There is no given duration to being bereaved by suicide. Survivors of suicide are not looking for their lives to return to their prior state because things can never go back to how they were.
Survivors aim to adjust to life without their loved one. Learn more
COUNSELING RESOURCES OFFERED BY UNITED WAY IMPACT PARTNER AGENCIES
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of N O
Adult Day Health Care
Deaf Action Center
Children's Bureau of New Orleans Inc
Child and Family Counseling Program
Family Service of Greater New Orleans
Domestic Violence Intervention Program
Healing Hearts for Community Development
Celebration Hope Center Trauma Counseling
Jewish Family Service
Teen Life Counts
Kingsley House, Inc.
Resettlement and Recovery Center
Kingsley House ADHC Services
New Horizons Youth Service Bureau, Inc.
NO/AIDS Task Force dba CrescentCare
Medication Assistance Program
Plaquemines Community C.A.R.E. Centers Foundation, Inc.
Behavioral Health in Plaquemines Parish
Substance Abuse Treatment in Plaquemines Parish
Raintree Children and Family Services
Raintree Support Coordination Program
Youth Service Bureau
Options Clinical Services Program
Families in Need of Services