Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and Alabama.

Suicide is preventable with your help.

If you are here, you might be looking for a way to give of your time, expertise and/or resources.  From the very beginning of ASPARC's history, when it was a task force begun by the Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Don Williamson, and its first Chair, Dollie Hambrick, the organization has relied almost exclusively on the generous input of volunteers from government, universities, crisis centers, private practice, survivors, and other prevention allies.


ASPARC is proud of its grassroots and community based nature. While we have grown over the years, we have always had a volunteer-spirit about us.


If you are here, we know that in some way, you have been touched by suicide.  Every day counts in the prevention effort, and every volunteer can make a difference.  Thank you for considering how to share a gift of yourself with suicide prevention efforts in Alabama.


How can you help ASPARC?


  • Join ASPARC. We have multiple membership categories with very affordable annual dues.


  • Consider becoming nominated for service on the board, or running for office.


  • Assist with hosting the annual conference and member meeting.


  • Recruit other members.


  • Generate ideas for fund-raising and participate in the implementation of those ideas.


  • Tell people about ASPARC.  Encourage them to visit this website and check out our Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Resource Directory.


  • Become a trainer or trainer's assistant for the many QPR trainings we provide across the state.


  • Help to develop a monthly newsletter or manage our website.


  • Write pieces for a newsletter and for the media.


  • Identify donors who would like to give financially to ASPARC.


  • Donate coffee or snacks to monthly business meetings.


  • Donate gently used office supplies.


  • Other?  What are your special gifts and talents?

What is QPR Training?

QPR stands for "Question, Persuade, and Refer".  It represents a public health-based suicide prevention program to teach people to:  recognize suicidal warning signs in others; persuade them to get help; and refer them to appropriate help resources.  QPR Gatekeeper training is very much like a CPR training program.  People become trained in a curriculum, practice what they learn, and then receive a certificate.


If you or your organization are interested in hosting a training for a group, please contact us.  We will work with you to customize our training to your needs.



© 2018 by Alabama Suicide Prevention and Resources Coalition, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization

If you need help or are having thoughts of suicide, please get help immediately by contacting:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1.800.273.8255