If you are or someone you know is in crisis and need help, call the toll-free number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL), available 24 hours a day, every day: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The service is available to everyone. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. All calls are confidential. You can also visit the Lifeline’s website at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
The Crisis Text Line is another free, confidential resource available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Text “HOME” to 741741 and a trained crisis counselor will respond to you with support and information over text message. Visit www.crisistextline.org.
Suicide Prevention is developed through the promotion of mental health and building on protective factors that increase connection, coping, resiliency, and wellness. “We all have mental health. Some of us experience mental illness, but the ways we calm, cope and connect when we experience feelings and emotions are what creates our mental health. Would you agree with the statement that no one is getting through life without experiencing some ups and downs? And that when we experience the stress around life’s challenges, we are going to wrestle with some big emotions? We don’t ever call anger, anxiety, or sadness bad emotions, and we recognize the importance of noticing and naming when we are experiencing BIG emotions, so that we can learn how to bring them back down to size.” -Sources of Strength
Local & National Organizations
- Kansas Suicide Prevention
- Missouri Dept. of Mental Health
- Missouri Suicide Prevention Network
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center: SPRC
- National Alliance for Mental Illness: NAMI
Suicide Prevention: Specific Resources, Toolkits, Programs