COMPREHENSIVE SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCE DIRECTORY
Suicide is preventable with your help.
In August 2014, ASPARC launched the Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Resource Directory website. Our directory provides professionals, educators, families, friends, churches and attempt survivors information and resources relevant to suicide-proofing our communities. We are excited to bring this resource to the many people in Alabama and to other prevention allies.
In 2017, 47,173 U.S. citizens died from suicide and 836 of them were Alabamians. The rate of suicide deaths in the U.S. in 2017 was 14.5 deaths per 100,000, and in Alabama, 17.1. Experts report alarming increases in the number of suicides nationwide.
For every one suicide death, conservative estimates indicate that 6 persons are directly impacted, and some reports list that number as up to 28 other people are affected.
For the thousands of survivors of suicide loss who remain, for those thinking about suicide, for those friends and family members who want to help and for the dedicated mental health professionals who want to learn more and provide more vigilant clinical care, we hope you find the Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Resources Directory to contain abundant information about suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.
As with any new effective directory, it is constantly changing as new resources emerge. Please help us to continually update it by contributing information, links and resources that will benefit fellow professionals, advocates, friends, families, and individuals affected by suicide.
Judith Harrington, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, with support from the department of Counselor Education at the University of Montevallo, of which Harrington is a faculty member, developed the website with help from Sandra Gallimore, M.Ed. Harrington, UM, and other ASPARC subject matter specialists maintain the website. Grateful acknowledgment to the University of Montevallo for partnering with the Alabama Suicide Prevention and Resources Coalition as a part of the federal Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention grant.
The site is exclusively devoted to the sharing of resources related to suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. Requests for commercial or for-profit inclusions on the website that are not clearly related to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention will not be considered. (No solicitation, please.)
The goal of this directory for mental health professionals is to provide beneficial, viable and practical information and tools to help people who are affected by suicide. From safety planning to assessment, from ethical considerations to individuals rights, this directory provides information related to evidence-based and best practice resources relevant to suicide-proofing our communities. Suicide prevention is dependent on evidence-based practices and best practices along with sound clinical judgment, contrasted with opinion- or values-informed responses.
This directory is an informational resource on the impact of suicide in the U.S. and in Alabama. The goal of providing current statistical information and resources on the rates and incidence of suicide is to increase public awareness and knowledge about the scope and significance of the problem. By increasing consciousness and understanding of toll of lives lost to suicide, we affirm the magnitude of suicide and urge the public and mental health community along with all citizens to work together in prevention efforts.
For every suicide, there is a painful aftermath for friends, families, co-workers, neighbors and associates. The after effects of a suicide can be devastating and made more complicated due to cultural and social stigma and misinformation. This directory for survivors of suicide loss supplies literary, online support and crisis resources that respect and respond to the unique needs of those in bereavement from suicide loss.
It is frightening for a parent, spouse, sibling or friend to worry that a loved one might attempt suicide. Take every warning sign seriously. Help is available for you too ... Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or your region's crisis center. The counselors will be able to give you ideas for what you can do. Also, see our page here for other resources.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, or have survived a suicide attempt, supports and resources are available to you. Please utilize this directory to investigate resources and information for your needs and explore opportunities for your care. Please know that there are countless numbers of public and mental health professionals, community agencies, researchers, leaders, friends and family who want to help you survive this difficult time. This website is not a source for direct care or intervention, but we hope it will lead someone to the multiple sources of direct care available.
Suicide is preventable with your help. Everyone can take part in preventing suicide in our communities, and in fact everyone is needed! Whether through volunteer efforts, education, awareness or membership, you can make a difference and help save lives.
With the passage of the Jason Flatt Act in Alabama in 2016, all K-12 school educators are required to complete one hour of suicide prevention training each year. Here you will find resources for training educators and school personnel.
The Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Resource Directory was developed in part with funding from the Garrett Lee Smith Funded Grant, administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), awarded to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and ASPARC in 2012-2015. Other programs that ASPARC administers as a sub-grantee are the QPR Gatekeeper Training Initiative, and the "Lay My Burdens Down" Faith-Based public education and community outreach initiative. Judith Harrington, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT and counselor educator at the University of Montevallo is the content manager and conceptualized this website.
ASPARC gratefully acknowledges the University of Montevallo for its provisioning of technical support, website space and development in 2014 - 2017 for launching the first version of the website. Special thanks go to Leris Hambleton and Sandra Gallimore for their tireless efforts in its formation. Gratitude is extended also to the Graduate Department of Counselor Education Faculty and Staff for their support.
Currently, Judith and our ASPARC Grant Coordinator, Katie Beaugez, M.Ed., update and maintain the website. We are grateful for any appropriate recommended additions that others may want to share with us after being vetted. We do not sponsor advertisements for organizations, agencies, or individuals.