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Resources for Suicide Prevention

800,000 people die from suicide every year.

We are here to start the conversation and provide support to prevent suicides and save lives.

Emerge Articles

Signs of Suicidal Thoughts & Helps for Overcoming Them

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts don’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk about it openly. It is a common issue — a lot more common than you may believe.

The Pain of Depression & Suicide

If you or someone you love is suffering from symptoms of depression and suicidal thinking, know that you are not alone and there are people ready to provide compassion and support.

Identifying symptoms of suicidal thoughts

If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally, consider these symptoms to help identify potential warning signs and behaviors.

Clinical counselors will often use the phrase, IS PATH WARM, to remember the many different symptoms of suicidal thoughts.

IDEATION: someone saying they are considering killing themselves
SUBSTANCE ABUSE: someone abusing alcohol, illicit drugs, or prescription drugs; or an increase in use

PURPOSELESSNESS: someone who no longer feels they have a purpose in life and no reason to live
ANXIETY: someone experiencing anxiety at a level that impairs functioning, including problems sleeping
TRAPPED: someone who feels trapped and has trouble seeing the light at the end of the tunnel
HOPELESSNESS: someone experiencing the feeling of hopelessness

WITHDRAWAL: someone who is withdrawing from loved ones, work, responsibilities, etc.
ANGER: someone who is experiencing anger than has become unmanageable and more similar to rage
RECKLESSNESS: someone with reckless behaviors and high-risk activities
MOOD CHANGES: a noticeable change in mood and functioning

Emerge Resources

Prevention Guide

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Signs & Symptoms

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Coping Through Suicidal Urges

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Gratitude Journaling Exercise

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Purpose Exploration Exercise

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Other Resources

Source: Focus on the Family/Alive to Thrive

Source: Focus on the Family/Alive to Thrive

Recommended Links

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-TALK (8255) — this is a 24/7 lifeline available free to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. There are specific helps for Veterans and Spanish speakers.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

SPRC offers many resources including publications and training opportunities (conference and webinars). The SPRC library also has a section with materials related to faith-based settings: “The Role of Faith Community Leaders in Preventing Suicide” and “After a Suicide: Recommendations for Religious Services and Other Public Memorial Observances.”

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

AFSP provides numerous online resources for talking about suicide in various situations, including a number of resources on how to survive a suicide loss. They also support advocacy for federal and state public policies encouraging suicide prevention.

American Association of Suicidology

AAS provides many resources for clinicians including DVDs and webinars. One of the helpful resources on the website is statistics and fact sheets for suicide.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

As a government agency, SAMHSA exists to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health works to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses. It offers a number of resources for suicide prevention, including: “Suicide in America: Frequently Asked Questions.”

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

NAMI is an advocacy organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Be sure to look over the valuable resource for consumers, providers, and family members: “Navigating a Mental Health Crisis”

World Health Organization

WHO has statistics, resources, and information on suicide for the world.

Center for Disease Control & Prevention

CDC has statistics, resources, and information on suicide for the United States.