Suicide Prevention and Survivors

If you are feeling suicidal, there are many resources for you to turn to. In North America, in the front of every phone book is a list of emotional crisis lines.† CALL ONE OF THEM!

Resources for Immediate Help

Befrienders International
Befrienders International is a gateway to 1,700 suicide and emotional helplines worldwide and on the Internet.- Offers 24 hour, befriending services to those in emotional distress. They offer telephone, snail mail, and face-to-face befriending.†They seem to have someone in every country Argentina -Zimbabwe to help you. Befrienders listen to people who are lonely, despairing or considering suicide. They donít judge them, donít tell them what to do. They listen.

Samaritans (United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland)
If you're in emotional distress or at risk of suicide, Samaritans are there for you 24 hours a day. With Samaritans, you get the time and the space to find a way through. Visit: for more details.

For support phone: 08457 90 90 90 (UK) 1850 60 90 90 (ROI) or email

The Samaritans (Hong Kong)
Provides confidential emotional support to any person, irrespective of race, creed, age or status, who is despairing or suicidal. The Samaritans operate a 24 hour hotline service in English, "although amongst our volunteers we have speakers of many other languages including Cantonese."

Kids Help
Kids Help Phone and Bell Line - 1-800-668-6868 English and French

Other Suicide Help Resources

1000 Deaths
The person who completes suicide dies once. Those left behind die 1000 deaths trying to relive those terrible moments and understand WHY??

USA: Suicide and Homicide Resources
Local and State resources.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to advancing our knowledge of suicide and our ability to prevent it. The Foundationís activities include:

  • Supporting research projects that help further the understanding and treatment of depression and the prevention of suicide
  • Providing information and education about depression and suicide
  • Promoting professional education for the recognition and treatment of depressed and suicidal individuals
  • Publicizing the magnitude of the problems of depression and suicide and the need for research, prevention and treatment
  • Supporting programs for suicide survivor treatment, research and education

American Association of Suicidology
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. This site is designed as a resource for anyone concerned about suicide, including AAS members, suicide researchers, therapists, prevention specialists, survivors of suicide, and people who are themselves in crisis.

Depression Screening
The web site is sponsored by the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) as part of NMHA's Campaign for America's Mental Health. The mission of this web site is to educate people about clinical depression, offer a confidential way for people to get screened for symptoms of the illness, and guide people toward appropriate professional help if necessary.

The Jason Foundation
The Jason Foundation, Inc. is a nationally recognized leader in teen suicide awareness and prevention. They make a wide range of informative, educational materials and programs available, at no charge, to parents, teachers, youth workers and others who are concerned about the alarming statistics that link our countryís next generations and suicide.

National Mental Health Association
The National Mental Health Association (NMHA) is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide, NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.

Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network (SPAN)
A Suicide Prevention Network

Suicide Prevention Services
Dedicated to the mission of reducing and eliminating suicide and suicide attempts through education, advocacy, and collaboration. If you need assistance (24 hours a day), call: 630-482-9393 if you live in the Fox Valley of Illinois (Crisis Line of the Fox Valley), 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) if you live elsewhere (National Crisis Help Line)

Survivors of Suicide
Survivors of Suicide, Inc., is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, self-help support group for those who have lost a relative or friend through suicide. The Survivors of Suicide volunteers are dedicated to providing information and support to assist in the grieving and healing process. Survivors of Suicide holds monthly support group meetings in the San Diego area. Survivors of Suicide also publishes a quarterly newsletter and supports this web site.

Yellow Ribbon Program for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
The Yellow Ribbon Program is based on the premise that suicide is not about death, but rather about ending pain and that it's OK to ask for help. Yellow Ribbon cards are distributed and carried as a simple, effective tool to use to ask for help when feelings of suicide arise. The card has proven to be a lifeline because it is a reminder to young people that they have permission to ask for help, it helps them talk when they may not have the words and it tells the recipient of the card how to help the suicidal person.

Youth Violence and Suicide Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) work on injury prevention and control began in the early 1970s. In 1983, CDC added violence related (intentional) injuries to its list of public health priorities and has since established the Youth Violence and Suicide Prevention Team within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control to study causes of interpersonal youth violence and suicide. The mission of the Youth Violence and Suicide Prevention Team is to promote implementation of efforts to prevent injuries resulting from assaultive and suicidal behavior through development and dissemination of science-based knowledge, intervention, and prevention strategies, working with public and private organizations.


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