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NRD Highlights Suicide Prevention Resources

Sept. 21, 2020 | By KD Harris
VIRIN: 201001-N-XZ098-0204

The month of September is set aside for Suicide Prevention Awareness. When talking about suicide, there isn’t really a “right thing to say.” The most important thing is that we have conversations to raise awareness about it. The National Resource Directory (NRD) connects wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers to programs and services that support them. The NRD has over 250 searchable suicide prevention resources via their website.  We’ve highlighted 5 of those resources below.

  1. Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) Department of Defense (DoD) integrates a holistic approach to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention using a range of medical and non-medical resources. Grounded in a collaborative approach, DSPO works with the Military Services and other Governmental Agencies, Non-Governmental Agencies, non-profit organizations, and the community to reduce the risk for suicide.

  2. U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Suicide Prevention offers suicide prevention information to help Veterans find local mental health and suicide prevention resources, connect family and friends to care and resources for coping with a suicide loss, and other resources for community members and providers. The VA works with an extensive network of community partners across the country, including faith communities, employers, schools and health care organizations, to prevent suicide among all Veterans including those who may never come to VA for care.

  3. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in a suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They’re committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices and building awareness.

  4. Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides consultation, training, and resources to enhance suicide prevention efforts in states, colleges and universities, health systems, and other settings and organizations that serve suicide at-risk populations. The SPRC is a federally supported resource center advancing a national strategy for suicide prevention.

  5. Helpline Center offers support and hope by connecting individuals with thoughts of suicide to resources and local agency volunteers through the 211 helpline. The Helpline Center is a blended call center, meaning that all staff are cross trained to handle crisis and information/referral phone calls.

If you or someone you know are experiencing extreme stress or having suicidal thoughts, reach out for help. Remember, you are not alone. e53415