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Suicide Prevention

September 04, 2019

    September 8 - 14 is Suicide Prevention Week, but every day there are things we can do.

    Although it is hard and uncomfortable, breaking the silence and talking about suicide can help save a life.

    Did you know that suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death for ages 12-24? Untreated depression is the #1 cause of suicide, but 80-90% of people who seek help for depression are successfully treated using therapy and/or medication. Advocating for professional help can save a life.

    Conversations about suicidal thoughts do not increase someone’s likelihood of attempting suicide – and may even reduce suicide risk. Starting the conversation about suicidal thoughts can help save a life.

    Break the silence. Talk about it. Save a life.

    Want to learn more?

    Websites

    • https://save.org/  Learn more about suicide risk factors, warning signs, what to do if you need help, and what to do if you are worried about a loved one.
    • https://www.bethe1to.com/  BeThe1to is a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline initiative that outlines five steps that you can take to support family, friends, and community members who are struggling with suicidal thoughts or who are in crisis.
    • https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/  Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides information on a variety of resources that can be utilized to prevent suicide and to address mental health needs. It includes information for specific high risk groups, including LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, disaster survivors, suicide attempt survivors, and individuals and families who have lost a loved one to mental illness.
    • https://www.veteranscrisisline.net  Veterans Crisis Line shares valuable information about resources that are available to our veterans, including information on suicide prevention.
    • https://afsp.org/  The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Website shares valuable information on suicide, suicide prevention, and how to seek help for yourself or a loved one. They also share information on initiatives such as Out of the Darkness Walks and events.

    Our LGBT+ youth are 3 times more likely to have thought about suicide and 5 times as likely to attempt suicide as their heterosexual peers. Research shows that LGBT+ youth whose sexuality and gender identity are affirmed by their families are nearly 50% less likely to attempt suicide than their LGBT peers with unsupportive families. Your support and affirmation can help save a life.

    • https://www.timeoutyouth.org/  Time Out Youth is a Charlotte-based Center that offers support, personal development opportunities, advocacy, and social opportunities for LGBTQ+ youth.
    • https://pflagcharlotte.org/  PFlag Charlotte is a nonprofit, grassroots organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ youth, adults, families, friends, and allies. They maintain an updated list of workshops, support groups, and resources available in the Charlotte Metroplex.
    • https://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/  The Trevor Project shares valuable information and resources for LGBTQ+ youth who are experiencing a crisis or who are seeking support.

    Phone Numbers

    • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
    • Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Prestamos Servicios En Español) En Español: tel:-1888-628-9454
    • Veteran Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.
    • Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ+ Youth: 1-866-488-7386.
    • Disaster Distress Helpline (for natural and human-caused disasters): 1-800-985-5990
    • Friendship Line (A crisis hotline for adults 60+): 1-800-971-0016
      Cardinal Innovations Crisis Line: 1-800-939-5911
      • If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, dial 711 for NC Relay.
      • Can help set up same day assessments in the Charlotte Metroplex
      • Can dispatch a mobile crisis unit for onsite assessment

    Text Resources

    • Crisis textline: text HOME to 741741
    • Trevortext for LGBTQ+ Youth: 678678
    • Disaster Distress Helpline: text TalkWithUs to 66746
    • Veterans Crisis Textline: text 838255

    At Christ Church

    Our Wellness Director, Mollee Reitz, is available for short term counseling. She would love to meet you and help connect you or your loved one with local resources. She can be reached at  or 704-714-6979.