This page has suicide prevention and support resources for both those who suffer from thoughts of suicide to those who live with someone with those thoughts. Some are national resources, others are located in the state of Virginia.

Suicide Hotlines- National & International

What really happens when I reach out to the prevention lifelines and text lines?

Help Lines & Crisis Lines in Virginia

How to obtain a Temporary Detention Order (TDO) in Virginia -A magistrate may issue a medical temporary detention order if an adult is incapable of making in informed decision to accept necessary medical treatment. A medical temporary detention order allows the person to be detained for 24 hours to permit necessary medical treatment for a person over 18. The police in Richmond only transport and stand by until the TDO is issued.

Signs of Suicide-What do they say? What do they do? (Source: American Foundation of Suicide Prevention)

Resources for suicide

Non-Profit Resources for Suicide Prevention – National

Non-Profit Resources for Suicide Prevention – Virginia

Suicide Loss- For Children/Teens

  • Grief-eBook on what to say to children- Children, Teens and Suicide Loss– Dougy Center for Grieving Children and AFSP (American Foundation of Suicide Prevention)
  • Grief-Article: Returning to School After a Suicide Loss: For Teens and Younger Children
  • Avedum.org – The word Aevidum, which means “I’ve got your back,” was created by students after they lost a classmate to suicide. What started in one tiny school in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania has now become a nationwide movement.
  • See below for suicide prevention/postvention/contagion prevention resources in schools

Suicide Prevention Resources- For those living with suicidality

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Suicide Crisis Line Posters and Shareables

Suicide Prevention Resources- Help someone who suffers

Removing Means

Suicide Loss & Prevention Resources

Postvention and Prevention. These are evidence-based guides created by national organizations categorized by type.

Community/Individual Support:

For Faith Leaders

For Schools:

Prevention in Education

Intervention in Education

Postvention in Education

For Healthcare Providers:

  • ASQ suicide screening tool for ERs and Physician Practices (this tool takes twenty seconds)
  • For clinical practices, below are links to handouts and templates for handouts used by other pediatricians/PCPs for suicide screening tools:

For Workplace Prevention & Grief Support:

For Funeral Directors:

For Reporters Reporting on Suicide:

For Correctional Facilities:

Suicide Prevention Training

Google your city, state, and the name of the course you want to learn more about. These evidence-based courses can be taken by mental health professionals, parents, community members

Community Suicide Prevention Events

College Suicide Prevention Resources – National

From re-entry back into college after medical withdrawal to groups that can support your student. Helpful resources for students struggling with mental illness and/or Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

  • Colleges with SUD recovery programs -Most of these are aimed at addiction recovery.
  • JED Foundation – Young Adults, College Campuses. Look for a JED Campus if you want to find a school that is working to prevent suicide.
  • College Re-entry –This program is dedicated to helping students with re-entry into college after having withdrawn from their studies. This could be due to any issue including a suicide attempt to loss of a parent or even due to cancer treatment.
  • Interactive Screening Program (ISP) from AFSP, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Those who exchanged anonymous online messages with an ISP counselor were three times more likely to enter treatment. This program is successfully used at many US colleges. It’s an anonymous online tool for students experiencing mental health issues or suicidal ideation. It’s anonymous until they make the choice to reach out. Advocates – Ask your college to implement this program. UCLA ISP Program
  • It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health– There is a 20-minute film for incoming college freshmen and for high school juniors and seniors from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as well.
  • Hold a Campus Out of the Darkness Walk– This can be for high school or college and illustrates support to those who suffer suicidal ideation
  • Active Minds Chapters–Active Minds is a mental health organization at colleges across the US

emotionally naked blog posts about suicide

  1. How to tell someone you are thinking of suicide
  2. They said they’re thinking of suicide? What now?
  3. My son has admitted he is suicidal. What do I do now?
  4. Why should I stay alive when I want to kill myself? by Anna Wieder
  5. So you are contemplating suicide
  6. Why didn’t I ask, ‘Do you have thoughts about killing yourself?’
  7. What did Charles say prior to suicide to indicate his intentions?
  8. Why did he kill himself? Answering the why
  9. Did Charles show warning signs for teen suicide?
  10. What is suicide?
  11. Examples of reporting on suicide
  12. What is the ‘wrong’ thing to say to someone thinking of suicide
  13. The Final 48 Hours
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