Suicide Loss, Prevention, and Postvention: Getting Support

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In June 2018 the CDC reported that the suicide rate in the United States increased by 25% nationally between the years 1999 and 2016. Identifying a direct cause has proven to be challenging, further complicating suicide prevention and postvention efforts. What we do know is that increased community engagement aids significantly in addressing symptoms related to a variety of mental health diagnoses and is crucial in assisting families and friends with the complicated grieving process of losing someone by suicide.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of local and national resources that offer support…whether you’re struggling with your mood or suicidal ideation, want to know how to help a friend, or need support after suicide loss. Check out the list below for more information.

If you are in a crisis, contact 911 or the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1.800.715.4225

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

About: National organization with local chapters that raises awareness, funds research, and provides support for those impacted by suicide.

Link: afsp.org

Crisis Text Line

About: National organization providing free, 24/7 support via text to anyone in any kind of crisis. Text “HOME” to 741741 to get connected immediately with a crisis counselor.

Link: crisistextline.org

Georgia Crisis and Access Line

About: 24/7 hotline for accessing mental health services in Georgia. GCAL provides assistance in emergencies and can help you find mental health providers to suit your specific needs.

Link: mygcal.com

Phone: 1.800.715.4225

The Link Counseling Center

About: Georgia based counseling center that offers low-cost therapy and some free grief support groups including S.O.S. (Survivors of Suicide) groups.

Link: thelink.org

Nuci’s Space

About: Athens, Georgia based organization that advocates to prevent suicide, reduce stigma related to mental illness, educate the community, and help people get the treatment they need.  Nuci’s Space offers some programming specifically tailored to artists and musicians, as well as provides affordable rehearsal space to bands.

Link: nuci.org

Peachtree Psychiatric Professionals and Peachtree DBT – Community Support After Suicide

About: Atlanta based group practice that offers individual therapy, medication management, assessment services, and monthly free clinician-led support groups for friends, family members, and loved ones who have lost someone to suicide.

Link: peachtreedbt.com/community-support-after-suicide

Survivors of Suicide (S.O.S.)

About: National organization that provides free peer based support to those who have experienced a suicide loss. S.O.S. offers multiple support groups throughout the state of Georgia.

Link: survivorsofsuicide.com