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"Army looking at how fish oil might reduce suicides"
According to USA Today, The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry published an article that described a possible link between an Omega-3 fatty acid and the frequency of suicides. However, the authors also said that their findings don't suggest that fish oil is a way to deter suicides.
Affordable Colleges Online Suicide Prevention Guide:
College Suicide Prevention:
Suicide is a complex public health issue with several causes, including psychiatric illnesses that may have not been recognized or treated. Substance abuse and mental disorders account for approximately 90 percent of those who have died by suicide, but these illnesses are treatable and people suffering from them do get better. Many treatment options are available, and there have been several recent advances in treating and understanding suicide. This guide was designed to offer hope and help for those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, as well as the friends and family who want so badly to help them.
Carrollton Springs http://www.carrolltonsprings.com/
Carrollton Springs is a newly-renovated 45-bed psychiatric and chemical dependency hospital located on a beautiful campus in Carrollton, Texas.We provide treatment services to adults suffering from the devastating effects of mental illness and/or addiction. We believe long-term recovery can be a reality for millions of people.
BULLIES 2 BUDDIES www.bullies2buddies.com
This is the pro-active, common sense approach to stop bullying based on the Golden Rule.
The program turns victims of bullying into confident and strong students in charge of their own lives. The Bullies 2 Buddies Victim-Proof Your School program works because it is based on universal wisdom and well-established principles that are taught by every major school of psychology. Check out the role play section and sign up for the newsletter at the website.
TEEN TRUTH www.teentruthlive.com
TEEN TRUTH is committed to empowering youth to be the difference in their worlds by
giving them a VOICE and challenging them to think differently. TEEN TRUTH is making a difference…it's transforming lives and helping people to believe in themselves no matter what! BULLY is an explosive, student shot film that forces its audience to think differently about bullying and school violence, telling the truth, and the impact we have on each other every day. After having been viewed by over 1.7 million people, it has been regarded by students as a must-see Anti-Bullying film. Teen Truth sends out a monthly newsletter via email. Sign up and BE THE DIFFERENCE!
BULLYCIDE IN AMERICA www.bullycide.org
Mom's speak out on the bullying/suicide connection. YouTube Video - Search "Book Video Trailer: Bullycide in America" or click here for the video.
DESIRE TO INSPIRE www.desiretoinspire.org
Haley Kilpatrick was bullied all thru middle school and it got so bad she ate lunch alone in the ladies' room. Things got better in High school when she became a part of the dance team, and middle school was just an awful memory. But when her sister became a victim in the sixth grade Haley suddenly knew what to do. So she started a club where middle school girls could come for comfort and advice from older girls. YOU can be the difference and start a club in your middle school. Check out the website for details and tips.
-TEXAS SUICIDE PREVENTION www.TexasSuicidePrevention.org
Mental Health America of Texas announces the availability of five short videos featuring youth and young adults from central Texas sharing their stories of hope and help. These videos feature the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number and follow their guidelines for suicide prevention.
Please follow these links for additional information on related subjects.
-Mental Health America of Texas is the state’s largest and longest-serving mental health education and advocacy group. Our proactive, positive approach to mental health issues has been helping Texans address mental health concerns by opening minds since 1935. Through a wide range of collaborative efforts, Mental Health America of Texas strives to provide consumers, mental health professionals, first responders and public policy leaders with the most comprehensive, evidence-based sources of information related to mental health, substance abuse and mental illness.
-The Texas Youth Suicide Prevention Project is proud to announce a small, free, iPhone App for suicide prevention which is freely distributable everywhere.
To download this app on an iPhone, iPad or iTunes, search for "suicide prevention" and look for "ASK." You can also find the APP here: http://newsite.mhatexas.org/
The app features the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 1-800-273-8255, warning signs, how to ask the question about suicide to save a life, and a list of Texas' community MHMR centers. This app was developed from a non-proprietary suicide prevention training program called ASK (ASK about suicide / Seek more information / Know where to refer) which was developed by Mental Health America of Texas. The suicide prevention app is supported by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration through the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act.
-Make the Connection is a public awareness campaign by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs aimed at helping Veterans overcome and seek treatment for mental health conditions. The campaign provides extensive resources for Veterans suffering from post traumatic stress, including:
- VA approved treatment and support resources
- Hundreds of video testimonials from Veterans who overcame PTSD
- Information on how to recognize PTSD and seek treatment
- See http://maketheconnection.net/conditions/ptsd for more information.
-The Department of Veterans Affairs has released the free PTSD Coach App!
See www.ptsd.va.gov for more information regarding this FREE APP !
The App was jointly created by VA’s NCPTSD and DoD’s T2, and is available for free on iTunes (coming for Android later this spring).
-Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention have collaborated to create this toolkit for schools. Please share with school districts in your area so that schools can take the most positive steps after a suicide occurs among their student bodies. For more information and to download the toolkit: www.sprc.org/AfteraSuicideforSchools.asp/
Faced with students struggling to cope and a community struggling to respond, schools need reliable information, practical tools, and pragmatic guidance on what to do in the aftermath of a suicide. This toolkit for middle and high schools was developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (a project of Education Development Center, Inc.). It was created in consultation with national experts, resulting in a highly practical resource for schools facing real-time crises.
-REACHING YOU MINISTRIES www.reachingyouministries.com
Our mission is to reach the hurting, the hopeless, the lost, the suicidal and the depressed with the life transforming hope and leadership offered to us in Christ.
In 2003 Kristen Jane Anderson was asked to share the story of her transformation with the high school youth group in her church. More speaking requests soon followed. In response to the many reaching out to Kristen who were struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts, Kristen started Reaching You Ministries in December of 2004.
"Kristen is a trustworthy guide through the difficult issues of depression, facing one's own choices, self-forgiveness, and discovering authentic faith. Her recovery isn't a mountaintop experience others are incapable of having, but a real story of perseverance through fear, setbacks, and disappointments. She is an honest and credible teacher of all of us." - - - Dr. JoAnn Nishimoto (clinical psychologist)
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors:
TAPS 800-959 TAPS (8277) 24 Hotline
Taps offers peer-based support, crisis care, casualty casework assistance, and grief and trauma recourses, all FREE. Unlike most programs offered through the military, TAPS provides ongoing help to anyone grieving the death of a loved one in the military, regardless of the relationship to the deceased, where they live, or the circumstances of the death.
TAPS can also help connect service members, families and others to free, confidential counseling through partnerships with the Veterans Affairs Department’s Vet Centers, Give an Hour, and the Association of Death Education and Counseling.
-America's Mighty Warriors www.AmericasMightyWarriors.org
To honor, thank, and encourage the troops and their families and remember the sacrifice of Marc Alan Lee. Marc was the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq. His mother has created a non-profit that honors our fallen heroes and their families. The challenge is to” pass on the kindness, the love, the precious gift of human life through random acts of kindness” that will impact our military, the fallen and their families for their selfless service and sacrifice.
-The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide www.sptsnj.org
The SPTS understands that youth suicide prevention is everyone's business and we commit our resources and expertise to helping educators, parents, and students compassionately and competently work together in this life-saving endeavor.
The author Brenda Poage created the character "Ima Nobody" as a reflection of herself in her early school years. Brenda wanted to face the issue of bullying in a fun, creative way to get kids to question both sides of the issue.
This is a FREE Kid friendly website.
This link will direct you to an article written by Brenda Poage for Seen Magazine.
Everyone grieves differently, but one common factor in the grief process is the need to be heard. Telling the story is a healing experience. Listening can be the best gift you give to anyone that is navigating through grief. Try not to judge, offer advice, or give opinions. JUST LISTEN! Some websites you may want to check out are:
-American Foundation of Suicide Prevention www.afsp.org
An exceptionally good resource for survivors of suicide.
-The University of Southern Florida www.theguide.fmhi.usf.edu
Contains a downloadable guide for a comprehensive school suicide prevention program.
-Operation Beautiful www.operationbeautiful.com
The goal of the Operation Beautiful website is to end negative
or “Fat Talk.” If this little blog only does one productive thing, I hope it helps readers realize how truly toxic negative self-talk is — it hurts you emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Through my own experiences fighting Fat Talk, I’ve realized the power behind an anonymous act such as Operation Beautiful. When I post a note, I’m saying, “I CHOOSE to be positive!”
-Suicide Grief Support Forum www.suicidegrief.com
The Suicide Grief Support Forum is a public message board, an outreach project of the Parents of Suicides (POS) and Friends and Families of Suicides (FFOS) Internet Communities. Our mission is to provide information, support and comfort to anyone whose life has been touched by the suicide of another person. Connecting with others who have walked the same road can sometimes make a difference in how we survive a tragedy that may be incomprehensible.
-Families Against Bullying: www.familiesagainstbullying.org/index.html
Part of the solution.
-Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors: www.taps.org
800-959-TAPS (8277) 24/hours
TAPS offers peer-based support, crisis care, casualty casework assistance, and grief and trauma resources, all FREE. Unlike most programs offered through the military, TAPS provides ongoing help to anyone grieving over the death of a loved one in the military, regardless of the relationship to the deceased, where they might live, or the circumstances of death. TAPS can also help connect service members, families and others to free, confidential counseling through partnerships with the Veterans Affairs Department's Vet Centers, Give an Hour, and the Association of Death Education and Counseling.
SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE:
In the matter of a heartbeat everthing you once knew is different. Losing a loved one to suicide is a traumatic event. Those left behind face years of grief, loss, and learning to find a new normal. That is to find a way to live with grief. There are things you can do to help the person grieving.
Let them discuss their feelings and concerns. LISTEN! Assist in mobilizing a support system.
Share information on community services. If you or someone you know needs help, please call the hotline at 806-765-8393.