An organization based in the United Kingdom that offers 24-hour
confidential emotional support to people experiencing feelings of
distress or despair, including those feelings that may lead to
suicide. The Samaritans operate a free and confidential e-mail
service, which generally responds to e-mails with 24 hours. A
confidential email that cannot be traced back to the sender can be
firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Samaritans website. Several
cities and towns within the US have local Samaritans office, which
offer very similar services.
http://www.samaritansofboston.org phone: 877-870-HOPE)
The Jed Foundation
An organization committed to reducing suicides among young people by
understanding some of the underlying causes of suicide, increasing
awareness of the issue of college student mental health and suicide,
and creating effective prevention programs on campuses.
A web-based resource created by the Jed Foundation
to provide students with anon-threatening and supportive link to
important mental health information and their college’s mental
health center. Students are able to download information about
various mental illnesses, ask questions, make appointments, and
seek-help anonymously via the Internet. Resources offered on
Ulifeline.org include: (1) a customized version of Go Ask Alice!
That allows students to have virtually any mental health question
answered 24 hours a day; (2) a mental health and drug information
library that features consumer health information from Harvard
Medical School: (3) the Duke Diagnostic Psychiatry Screening
Program, which allows the Ulifeline user to be screened for
different mental disorders. While this screening is not meant to
take the place of an evaluation by a mental health professional, a
positive result suggests that students would benefit from
comprehensive mental health screening.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
SPRC provides prevention support, training and materials to
strengthen suicide prevention efforts. Among the resources found on
its website is the
SPRC Library Catalog, a searchable database containing a wealth
of information on suicide and suicide prevention, including
publications, peer-reviewed research studies, curricula and
web-based resources. Many of these items are available on line.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
dedicated to advancing our knowledge of suicide and our ability to
prevent it. AFSP’s activities include supporting research
projects; providing information and education about depression and
suicide; promoting professional education for the recognition and
treatment of depressed and suicidal individuals; publicizing the
magnitude of the problems of depression and suicide and the need for
research, prevention and treatment; and supporting programs for
suicide survivor treatment, research and education.
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
NCIPC, located at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is
a valuable source of information and statistics about suicide,
suicide risk and suicide prevention. To locate information on
suicide and suicide prevention, scroll down the left-hand navigation
bar on the NCIPC website and click on “Suicide” on the
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
assistance to individuals in suicidal crises by connecting them to
the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service
provider through a toll-free telephone number: (800) 273-TALK (8255).
Technical assistance, training, and other resources are available to
the crisis centers and mental health service providers that
participate in the network of services linked to the National
Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
The Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA)
is the nation’s only suicide prevention organization dedicated to
leveraging grassroots support among suicide survivors (those who
have lost a loved one to suicide) and others to advance public
policies that help prevent suicide.