This page has suicide prevention and support resources for both those who suffer from thoughts of suicide to those wanting to help, support someone suffering those thoughts. Some of these are located in Virginia area since I live in Richmond and that is indicated where appropriate.

Suicide Hotlines- National & International

  • USA Suicide hotline  1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis text line. Text HELP to 741-741
  • Veteran’s Services 1-800-273-8255, press 1
  • Veteran’s Text line send HELP to 838-255
  • Canada 1-833-456-4566
  • United Kingdom 116 123
  • Australia 13 11 14
  • All international suicide hotlines

Virginia Peer Warm Line (Not a crisis line) 8am-midnight, 1-866-400-MHAV (6428)

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)

Suicide Loss and Children

Suicide Prevention Resources- For those who suffer

Suicide Prevention Resources- Help someone who suffers

Suicide Loss Resources (after suicide)

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

  • Talk Saves Lives – From AFSP, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. This is a one hour primer on suicide. Call your state chapter to schedule a free presentation
  • ASIST training -Two day training for intervention and prevention
  • SafeTalk – Half day training
  • Mental Health First Aid – One-day training

Community Suicide Prevention Events

Non-Profit Resources for Suicide Prevention – National

Non-Profit Resources for Suicide Prevention – Virginia

College 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.
  • 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 of 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. Why should I stay alive when I want to kill myself? by Anna Wieder
  2. So you are contemplating suicide
  3. One reason to live by Tamara Rollison (mother of a child who died)
  4. Why didn’t I ask, ‘Do you have thoughts about killing yourself?’
  5. What did Charles say prior to suicide to indicate his intentions?
  6. Why did he kill himself? Answering the why
  7. Did Charles show warning signs for teen suicide?
  8. What is suicide?
  9. Examples of reporting on suicide
  10. What is the ‘wrong’ thing to say to someone thinking of suicide
  11. The Final 48 Hours