The Veterans Health Administration continues to enhance efforts to save Veterans lives by combating suicide. To do this the VA has developed “Reach Out.” The “Reach Out” website provides video testimonials from Veterans who have suffered from mental health concerns and received help at VA. The site also has resources for Veterans who need help and anyone who wishes to reach out to support Veterans.
The Trevor Project provides 24/7 crisis support services to LGBTQ young people. Text, chat, or call anytime to reach a trained counselor.
Guides built for and with LGBTQ+ teens to help explore their identity and support their mental health.
VA Suicide Prevention 2.0-Public Health Strategy
The Veterans Health Administration has implemented a new public health strategy combines partnerships with communities to implement tailored, local prevention plans while also focusing on evidence based clinical strategies for intervention. A a PDF of the PowerPoint about this program is available at this link.
The Now Matters Now website provides skills and support for coping with suicidal thoughts. Videos of people who share their stories and researched based ways to manage the most painful moments in life. There is also free online training and other resources.
The Change Direction initiative is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. One of their goals is to encourage people to Learn the Five Signs of emotional suffering so they can recognize them in themselves or help a loved one who may be in emotional pain. In short, the Five Signs are personality change, agitation, withdrawal, decline in personal care, and hopelessness.
Mighty Parenting is a community that helps you raise teens and parent twentysomethings so they can become happy, successful and emotionally healthy adults! It includes a weekly podcast focused on real, raw, and relevant talk about raising teens and parenting twentysomethings in the 21st century. This is an initiative of DASIUM and is designed to create emotionally healthy families in order to prevent depression, addiction, and suicide. Access the podcast and get more information at http://mightyparenting.com
Suicide Safety Plan App - This app for iPhone and iPad is designed to support those dealing with suicidal thoughts and help prevent suicide.
A Berrien County suicide attempt survivor and participant in the Berrien County Suicide Prevention coalition, has written a short memoir of her life. You may download it here for free. You may send her questions or comments to email@example.com.
How to Help Someone who is Suicidal: Article from HelpGuide.org
Mental Health Videos-Spectrum Lakeland has produced some short videos with help for facing mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you will find these helpful and share them with others.
Tips for Social Distancing
Ride the Tiger: A Guide through the Bipolar Brain: One-hour documentary that tells the stories of those with bipolar disorder.
Person-Centered Care: What can we do to prevent suicide? That is the topic that John Draper, PhD addresses in this six minute video, Person-Centered Care in Suicide, from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's website.
Zero Suicide: The Zero Suicide concept is fairly new. Watch Michael Hogan, PhD as describes the concept in a nutshell in this four minute video, Zero Suicide in Health Care.
“I Had a Black Dog, His Name was Depression.” A four minute simple, yet effective, animated video about depression, Please take a few minutes to watch it and share it with others.