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cALL 800-273-8255 or
text "sos" to 741741
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for those who have lost someone to
Support and Information
Counselor's Guide to Mental Health and
Wellness - Bradley
Abuse and Suicide: A Guide to Understanding the Connection
and Reducing Risk
We would like to help guide you to
resources that will answer your questions, direct you to
support groups or find treatment. We know that it can be an
overwhelming task to find help. This is a good place to
Mental illnesses are treatable and,
with proper medical attention, people living with a
diagnosable condition can lead successful and productive
lives. Learn the symptoms. Seek treatment. Find support.
Below are some links to national organizations to help you
find further information. While there are countless local
organizations that do exemplary work in the mental health
space, we must keep this resource list to those with
Some tips to start a conversation with
someone about concerns around mental health.
DO: OBSERVE, COMMUNICATE,
DONT: ASSUME, ALIENATE,
Start a Conversation
- Educate yourself before
approaching the topic of mental health.
- Find a place thats both
comfortable and private.
- Dont just talk about mental
health talk about other things you normally
discuss or an activity/hobby you share.
- Pick a time when you can both chat
without interruption or distraction.
- Be relaxed, open and approachable
in your body language.
- Validate their
- Ask open-ended questions:
How are you? or Whats been going
- Whatever they are saying, take it
- Do not interrupt.
- Encourage them to explain what
they are struggling with.
- Avoid using stigmatizing words and
- Ask How does it make you
feel? or How long have you felt that
- Show that youve listened by
- Help them think about options and
- Urge them to commit to doing one
thing that might help.
- Ask them to write their feelings
down if that is more comfortable than
- If necessary, encourage them to
see a doctor or health professional.
- Offer to go with them to see a
doctor or health professional.
- Put a note on your calendar to
call them in one week. If theyre really struggling,
follow up sooner.
- Make sure theyve managed to
take that first step and see someone.
- If they didnt find this
experience helpful, urge them to try a different
professional because theres someone out there who
can help them.
- Schedule regular get-togethers to
touch base or just spend time together doing fun
- Some helpful comments: How
are things going? Did you speak with your doctor? ?What
did they suggest? What did you think of their advice??
Youve had a busy time. Would you like me to make
Dealing with Denial?
- If they deny the problem,
dont criticize. Acknowledge theyre not ready
- Say youre still concerned
about changes in their behavior and you care about
- Ask if you can check in again next
week if theres no improvement.
- Avoid a confrontation with the
person unless its necessary to prevent them hurting
themselves or others.
- Some helpful comments:
Its ok that you dont want to talk about
it but please dont hesitate to call me when
youre ready to discuss it. Can we meet up next week
for a chat? Is there someone else youd rather
discuss this with?
Is Their Life in
- If someone says theyre
thinking about suicide, its important you take it
- Tell them that you care about them
and you want to help. Dont become agitated, angry
- Explain that thoughts of suicide
are common and dont have to be acted
- Ask if theyve begun to take
steps to end their life. If they have, its critical
that you do NOT leave them alone and do NOT use guilt or
threats to prevent suicide.
- Even if someone says they
havent made a plan for suicide, you still need to
take it seriously.
- Dont hide suicidal comments
even if asked to keep confidential reach out for
- Get immediate crisis help by
calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Text "SOS" to
You are not alone in helping someone
in crisis. There are many resources available to assess,
treat and intervene. Crisis lines, counselors, intervention
programs and more are available to you, as well as to the
person experiencing the emotional crisis.
California Statewide & National
- To find local suicide prevention
trainers or training, including ASIST (Applied Suicide
Intervention Skills Training) and safeTALK workshops,
esuicideTALK information and more, contact Kathleen
Snyder, 925.939.1916 x147 or email@example.com>
- Make the Connection
Shared experiences and support for
- National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255This free, 24-hour hotline is
available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional
distress. Press 1 for Veterans assistance. Para
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Get Trained in
There are several excellent trainings
available to the public that teach the knowledge and skills
to be an effective "gatekeeper" for people who are thinking
about suicide. A gatekeeper is someone who is able and
willing to help someone thinking about suicide get
Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a workshop
for anyone who want to feel more comfortable, confident
and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of
suicide. To learn more about ASIST, visit
www.livingworks.net. To find a workshop in California,
safeTALK is a three hour
training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to
identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect
them to suicide first aid resources. To learn more about
safeTALK, visit www.livingworks.net. To find a workshop
in California, email firstname.lastname@example.org
QPR stands for Question,
Persuade, and Refer Just as people trained in CPR
and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives
each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize
the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to
question, persuade, and refer someone to help. To learn
more about this one-hour training, visit www.QPRInstitute.com
those who have lost someone to suicide
If you are bereaved by a suicide
death, you may be in search of support for yourself and
other loved ones. There are resources available online and
in many communities that are specifically for people who
have lost a loved one to suicide.
Survivors After Suicide
The SAS program is a support group
offered through Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. Only
those who have lost a loved one to suicide are eligible
to participate in the support group.
Friends For Survival, Inc. is a
California-based outreach organization open to those who
have lost family or friends by suicide, and also to
professionals who work with those who have been touched
by a suicide tragedy. FFS also offers monthly support
American Foundation for Suicide
The AFSP's Suicide Survivors
Outreach Program has trained volunteers who conduct in
person visits to newly bereaved family. They also provide
information about support groups and other local
resources. Visit the website to find out how to request
an outreach visit.
Suicide Awareness Voices of
SAVE provides a variety of
resources and educational materials for coping with a
loss to suicide including information on grief, finding
comfort, and what to say to children.
American Association of
AAS provides a variety of resources
and educational materials for bereaved family and friends
including locating a support group and how to facilitate
your own survivor support group.
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