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What is 988?
On July 16th, 988 will become the nationwide 3-digit dialing code for Mental Health Crisis and Suicide Prevention. 988 will connect people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Compassionate, accessible care and support will be available for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress, thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
Starting Monday, March 6, 2023, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline LGBTQ+ pilot line is now available 24/7 by texting 988 and by chat at https://988lifeline.org/chat/) in addition to the “press 3” option available by phone 24/7.
Callers to 988 Lifeline are prompted to press “3” if they are interested in accessing the pilot by call. Individuals can indicate their interest in LGBTQ+-affirming counseling by texting Q if they are texting or indicating interest in the pre-chat survey if using online chat.
Expanding the LGBTQ+ youth pilot line is one step of an ongoing effort to strengthen partnerships and services that enhance access to crisis care for historically marginalized populations at higher risk of suicide. Vibrant is currently developing partnerships and programs to provide enhancement in services for Native peoples and Tribal Communities, Black, and brown communities, older adults, people living in rural areas, and people with functional disabilities.
The aftermath of a suicide attempt can be filled with raw and complicated emotions. Finding hope after surviving a suicide attempt is possible. Whether you have had recent history with an attempt or your experience was in the past, the Lifeline is available for support, 24/7.
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The suicide rate among Black youth has been found to be increasing faster than any other racial/ethnic group. Black adults living below the poverty line are more than twice as likely to report serious psychological distress than those with more financial security. Additionally, members of the Black community face structural racism, leading to barriers to access for the care and treatment they need. Only one in three Black adults who need mental health care receive it.
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Mobile Response and Stabilization Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help children and youth who are experiencing emotional or behavioral crises. The services are designed to defuse an immediate crisis, keep children and their families safe, and maintain the children in their own homes or current living situation (such as a foster home, treatment home or group home) in the community.
Nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. Call: 1-800-950-6264 or text NAMI to 741741
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#BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond, spreading the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide. Please review and share widely.
The five action steps for communicating with someone who may be suicidal are supported by evidence in the field of suicide prevention.
Dr. Matt Wintersteen, Associate Professor, Director Research at Thomas Jefferson University, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior talks about asking young people “are you okay?” and being prepared for the answer. Dr. Wintersteen has also received a research grant from AFSP.
Practice-based digital learning to improve mental health and well-being in schools, campuses, and communities. Kognito role-play simulations enable organizations to rapidly build the capacity of educators and students to lead real-life conversations that change lives.
Attitudes In Reverse® or AIR® offers a comprehensive mental health plan to educate youth, from elementary level through college-age. AIR’®s programs are wrapped in messages of understanding, empathy and kindness towards all.
An open letter from a parent on what to expect and how to manage it.
Dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need. Leading independent nonprofit in children’s mental health by providing gold-standard evidence-based care, delivering educational resources to millions of families each year, training educators in underserved communities, and developing tomorrow’s breakthrough treatments.
In recognition of the current youth mental health crisis, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families has two public service announcements it is sharing this month to acknowledge September as Suicide Awareness Month and the start of a new school year. The first is our new PSA, illustrating how youth can seek help. Both PSAs were created with youth participation and parents also participated in the creation of the CSOC PSA.
Comfort Zone Camp serves children who have lost a parent, sibling, primary caregiver, or friend. All programs are offered at no cost to families. CZC provides a safe, nurturing environment where kids can have traditional camp fun, while at the same time acquiring tools to help them cope with their loss. Since 1999, CZC has helped 21,000+ children.
Includes games, arts & crafts, bonfire, and Healing Circle support groups where kids can connect with their peers.
Campers leave the camp “bubble” transformed with a community, coping skills and new friends who “get it”.
The job of a cop is stressful, demanding, and often dangerous. The lifestyle affects the lives of officers, spouses, partners, children, and friends. We’ve been there, and are here now, to provide resources, guidance, understanding, and support.
Is your child in crisis? This PDF will help you know the signs. All kids have bad days. But, trauma and life-changing events can create lasting challenges.
Mental health and suicide prevention in the Black community are explored in the new NorthJersey.com documentary, “Ending the Stigma.”
We know that parents can help push education in their community and open up the conversation to help break stigma around teen depression. We know that, together, we can get your child, and children across the country, access to tools and resources in their schools.
At Minding Your Mind, we create experiences that open minds and show people they are not alone when they are struggling. Our group of young adult speakers, who have successfully and productively coped with their mental health challenges, share their stories of hope, recovery, and resilience.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
It is New Jersey’s free or low cost behavioral health system for kids up to age 21. It provides eligible youth with coordinated access to mental health
supports, substance use treatment and services for intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Created by the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, Not My Kid: What Every Parent Should Know is an online learning experience that features videos of parents from culturally diverse backgrounds asking mental health professionals a variety of common questions about youth suicide. You may be interested in receiving information to help your child, a family member or a friend of your child, and Not My Kid provides this information from a variety of mental health professionals.
Not My Kid contains a variety of videos that assists parents, guardians and trusted adults in knowing the warning signs of youth suicide, explains how to have important conversations and provides valuable resources to help keep their children safe. It includes developmentally appropriate information for youth of all ages including Elementary, Middle and High School-aged youth and Young Adults.
Our mission is to break the grip of emotional isolation that is killing our young people. We do this by expanding and delivering measurable, science-based programs that fill critical gaps and equip America’s youth with the skills they need to thrive.
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide has compiled a list of Crisis and informational resources for parents and caregivers.
Resources for caregivers provided by Monmouth University, School of Social Work.
AFSP has partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics to create several new resources for teens and their parents/caregivers.
Suicide CAN be prevented. This guide is meant to help you recognize signs of mental health concerns in yourself or your friends. It will also show you how to have important conversations that can help you get the right support.
Explaining suicide death to a child or teen can feel overwhelming and intimidating. As adults, we often want to protect them from the stigma and shame that can accompany such a death. Here are some tips for talking with children and teens about a suicide death and ways to support them in their grief.
As a parent, you can approach suicide prevention in the same way you do other safety or health issues for your children. By educating yourself, you can learn what puts kids at greatest risk for suicide – and what protects them most strongly.
Just released from the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
To support the shift to telehealth services in recent years, the Action Alliance produced a series of videos to facilitate the adoption of standard suicide risk screening practices in telehealth. The second video, launched on January 22, provides practical strategies for setting up virtual screening within an electronic health record portal and steps to take when virtual screening indicates that risk is present.
Since 2000, the TLC has been providing support to communities affected by traumatic events such as homicide and illness; the most difficult being suicide.