Resources for suicide prevention, post-attempt survivors and their families

Posted by: Jenny Zurawell

For those moved by JD Schramm’s powerful TEDTalk, this list of resources is a place to start. We’d love to know more — add suggestions to the comments or email us.

In the US:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
A free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.

The Trevor Project
866 4-U-TREVOR
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including a nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.

Samaritans USA
Samaritans centers provide volunteer-staffed hotlines and professional and volunteer-run public education programs, “suicide survivor” support groups and many other crisis response, outreach and advocacy activities.

Attempt Survivors
A new blog for and by attempt survivors that was set up this year by the American Association of Suicidology, this is a good place to hear open, honest voices exploring life after a suicide attempt.

An anonymous online resource where you can learn about suicide  prevention and campus-specific resources.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
A national nonprofit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people impacted by suicide.

A nonprofit organization that cultivates a community for those deeply affected by suicide by offering them a creative outlet to share their story.

Mental Health First Aid USA
A public education program that  helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
A national nonprofit dedicated to preventing suicide through public awareness and education.


International Association for Suicide Prevention
IASP now includes professionals and volunteers from more than fifty different countries. IASP is a Non-Governmental Organization in official relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) concerned with suicide prevention.

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
A resource for survivors as well as anyone in suicidal distress.
To find the nearest crisis center:
To find the nearest support group:

Centro de Asistencia del Suicida Bs. As. (Argentina)
línea gratuita 135

Asociación Argentina de Prevención del Suicidio (AAPS)
(011) 4795-9519 o (011) 4982-3299

Centro de Atención al Familiar del Suicida (Argentina)
(011) 4758-2554

Centro de Valorização da Vida (Brazil)
Tel: 141

Sociedade Portuguesa de Suicidologia (Portugal) (Netherlands)

Befrienders Helplines (Italy)

Suicide Ecoute (France)

PHARE (France)

한국자살예방협회 (Korean Association for Suicide Prevention)

한국자살협회 사이버 상담실 (Korean Suicide Prevention Cyber Counseling)

Hjälplinjen (Sweden)

If you know of good resources available where you live, please add them to the comments section of this post.

Comments (24)

  • Tsuyoshi Oyabu commented on Nov 13 2012


  • Yael Kent commented on Aug 30 2012

    These are some great resources for suicide prevention and help. It is so important to raise awareness and education about this subject and get rid of the stigma against mental illnesses. September is National Suicide Prevention Month, so it’s even more important to get the word out and spread these resources. In honor of this month, the Glendon Association has a series of webinars on understanding trauma and suicide:

  • Danielle Nuhfer commented on May 2 2012

    A great site and resource for teenagers empowering other teens to end the silence about suicide and depression is The group formed after a student completed the act of suicide in 2004.

    These kids have spent countless hours devoting their lives to ending the silence and stigma that is surrounding suicide and depression. Check out the site and spread the word about Aevidum!

  • commented on Jan 15 2012

    Thanks for posting these links. It’s so important to have them readily available to those who need them. I lost my brother to suicide a few years ago. I’ve started speaking publicly about it to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma attached to mental illness and suicide. Feel free to check out my presentation on my blog site:

  • Ethan Phearson commented on Dec 19 2011

    Those are some great resources for anyone going through something like this. However, I don’t see any links to crime scene cleaning companies. It’s a little-known step in the healing process for the families of suicide victims. I mean, you can’t very well begin healing with the aftermath unhandled. I know it’s not something anyone likes to think about, but it’s an unfortunate fact. Why not let people know that there’s someone out there who can take care of it?

  • Anna Tanneberger commented on Oct 25 2011

    My business is failing, but how do I close it down? How do I stop the suffering? I have asked business brokers, I have offered to hand over the key to the business to my manager. Of course he doesn’t want it, as long as he can demand a salary every month. Of course, if I were to suicide successfully people will pretend they don’t understand why. And they will sneer about my failure and inadequacies. The shame is on government and society for not offering options.

  • commented on Sep 16 2011

    Please add to your list of resources SAVE is a national nonprofit dedicated to preventing suicide through public awareness and education. SAVE was one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide and was a co-founded member of the National Council for Suicide Prevention.

  • Barry Lynch commented on Aug 18 2011

    We are the angels

  • Madeleine Weston commented on Jul 5 2011

    For those living in Adelaide, South Australia Relationships Australia (SA) through our square program, is holding free suicide prevention and suicide risk assessment and referral pathways training in July 2011. For more information visit our website and see the Latest News in the Media Centre for more information.

  • joel ahrens commented on Jun 30 2011

    Thank you for this list!

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  • Kurien Matias commented on Jun 16 2011

    AASRA.INFO (Helpline for suicide prevention, India) The objective of Aasra is to alleviate human misery by offering active listening. i.e. non-judgmental and non-critical listening.

  • David Burbank commented on Jun 15 2011

    I really appreciate all the offers of support to keep on living. For the last few years I have tried to understand the drawing of the “line”. You don’t flip a coin, involve others to convince them of your choice. You weigh it out with your own pluses and minuses. Quality versus Quantity. Therefore I haven’t bothered “others” with this “decision” process. I feel this is MINE to make and decide on. I have a “condition” that cannot and will not get better. All I can do is prolong it. Why would I want to do that?

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  • Beth Bell commented on Jun 11 2011

    Find a local support group through the Depression and BiPolar Support Alliance (DBSA) at or National Alliance on Mental Illness

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  • Jenny Yang commented on Jun 11 2011