SUICIDE PREVENTION: Hotlines, Resources, Information

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National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

National Suicide Prevention (1-800-273-8255)

Thursday's Child: 1-800-USA-KIDS (1-800-872-5497)

Boys and Girls Town National Hotline:

Hotlines: Scotland


The Jed Foundation:
the nation’s leading organization working to prevent suicide and promote mental health among college students

AAS :American Association of Suicidology

NSSP: National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

SPAN USA: Suicide Prevention Network USA

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

NSSP Around the World: Suicide Prevention Organizations, Resources, Plans, and Documents from around the world

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

CASP: Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

IASP: International Association for Suicide Prevention

Choose Life: A national strategy and action plan to prevent suicide in Scotland

Befrienders Org

see also above hotlines that are linked to the site resources.

Facts and Information

Understanding and Helping the Suicidal Individual: Warning signs, facts, ways to help

Additional AAS Suicide Fact Sheets

AAS Support Group listings

Suicide Facts: from AAS (American Association of Suicidology)

1. Suicide is preventable. Most suicidal individuals desperately want to live; they are just unable to see alternatives to their problems.

2. Most suicidal individuals give definite warnings of their suicidal intentions, but others are either unaware of the significance of these warnings or do not know how to respond to them.

3. Talking about suicide does not cause someone to be suicidal.

4. Approximately 32,000 Americans kill themselves every year. The number of suicide attempts is much greater and often results in serious injury.

5. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24, and it is the eighth leading cause of death among all persons.

6. Youth (15-24) suicide rates increased more than 200% from the 1950’s to the late 1970’s. Following the late 1970’s, the rates for youth suicide have remained stable.

7. The suicide rate is higher among the elderly (over 65) than any other age group.

8. Four times as many men kill themselves as compared to women, yet three times as many women attempt suicide as compared to men.

9. Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries.

10. Firearms are currently the most utilized method of suicide by essentially all groups (male, female, young, old, white, non-white).

11. Surviving family members not only suffer the trauma of losing a loved one to suicide, and may themselves be at higher risk for suicide and emotional problems.

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