Inspired by JD Schramm’s powerful TEDTalk on surviving a suicide attempt, this list of resources has been updated to help you widen your understanding of mental health, depression, suicide and suicide prevention. Whether you’re an attempt survivor, a concerned family member or friend, or struggling with suicidal thoughts yourself, this list offers helpful resources and hotlines from across the world. This list is not exhaustive so we’d love to hear from you— add suggestions to the comments or email us.
To start off, here is a TED playlist on breaking the silence around suicide.
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
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 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.
A two-year project that collected blog posts and stories for and by attempt survivors, set up by the American Association of Suicidology. While the active collection has stopped, the archive is a good place to explore, 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.
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.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
A national nonprofit dedicated to preventing suicide through public awareness and education.
Live Through This
An organization documenting the stories and portraits of suicide attempt survivors to encourage more open dialogue around suicide and depression.
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.
A suicide prevention resource with phone helplines across the world.
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
A resource for survivors as well as anyone in suicidal distress.
To find the nearest crisis center: https://suicideprevention.ca/need-help/
To find the nearest support group: https://suicideprevention.ca/coping-with-suicide-loss/survivor-support-centres/
Centro de Valorização da Vida (Brazil)
Tel: 188 or 141
Sociedade Portuguesa de Suicidologia (Portugal)
Samaritans Onlus (Italy)
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (South Africa)
Suicide Ecoute (France)
한국자살예방협회 (Korean Association for Suicide Prevention)
한국자살협회 사이버 상담실 (Korean Suicide Prevention Cyber Counseling)
If you know of good resources available where you live, please add them to the comments section of this post.