Suicide Prevention

"If love were enough to stop someone from hurting themselves, suicides would hardly happen."  Sue Klebold - Mother of Columbine shooter

So How Do We Prevent Suicide?

Suicide is a complicated subject. But it is also surmountable.

 

I recently heard a professional - in her 30's, nice job, has kids, a husband, house, and dog - share she struggles with suicidal ideation (thoughts) on a regular basis and just two months ago went through a serious battle with it - again.

 

She said, "But I beat the darn thing!"

I love that!

 

"But I beat the darn thing" processed through my mind so many times since then. I want to track her down again and ask, "How did you beat it?" But it sure wouldn't be the first time I asked a person that question. I ask it over and over again. It's my own personal research. A lot of top-notch university research exists on suicide as well - its prevention, suicidal ideation, after-attempt recovery, and family/friend survivorship (postvention). We'll share links to that information here. And we'll share important local resources too. 

But some people cannot wrap their minds around the idea of taking their own life and can't fathom why anyone would do it. Rejoice!! That's wonderful!!! But empathy and understanding can go a long way toward prevention, and EVERYONE has the power to reduce the numbers of suicides by talking about it and raising awareness. I think one of my favorite and clearest ways to explain suicidal ideation to someone who has never struggled with it is explained by Georgia Survivors (https://www.span-ga.org/) as follows ...

To read the complete presentation, click on the PDF below ...

There is so much information about suicide prevention, etc. written by national organizations. We'll list some of those for you below. But first, let's concentrate on some local help and support.

LOCAL GRIEF SUPPORT ...

... helpful to those who lost someone to suicide.

Allison Barron - Chattanooga - 423-280-0329 

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Jimmy Spurling - Ringgold, GA 706-375-1111

 

He will begin new groups in September and also does one-on-one grief counseling. 

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Michael Wadel - Chattanoog, TN www.GriefChatt.com  423-779-6420 

 

He conducts group and one-on-one counseling. He will even counsel over the phone, which really does work well.

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Donna Waddell, RN, EdD - Rome, GA 770-789-3507

 

She conducts group, one-on-one, and phone counseling as well.

 

(Funny their two names are so similar!)

VETERANS:

Jolene Cook, LCSW

Contact Jolene:

 

TN Valley Healthcare System-Dept of Veterans Affairs
Chattanooga CBOC
6401 Shallowford Road
Chattanooga, TN  37421

Cell: 1-615-578-8425
Email: Jolene.Cook@va.gov

 

All the above may or may not be traditional licensed therapists but have been trained in the Grief Recovery Method by the Grief Recovery Institute.

GROUPS WHO SUPPORT FAMILIES/FRIENDS WHO LOST

SOMEONE TO SUICIDE ...

 

SITE - SUICIDE ISN'T THE END

Christ Unity Church

Contact: Gloria Hastings

105 McBrien Rd.Chattanooga TN 37412

Phone: (423) 867-7384Work

Email: stratcat@comcast.net

1st & 3rd Wednesdays each Month 7pm-9pm

New members may join any time.

Must be over the age of 18 to attend.

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TRADITIONAL LICENSED THERAPISTS  ... (below)

Ask if they've been trained in Grief Counseling. And if you or someone you love struggles with suicidal thoughts, please seek the care of a licensed therapist. 

Michael Rector - Ringgold -  Secular Counselor -  https://www.michaelrectorlpc.com/

Stephanie Nelson, LCSW - Chattanooga

Advertises she works with people who experience suicidal thoughts.

http://www.stephanienelsonlcsw.com/

423-800-2881

Georgia HOPE - Secular Counselors

www.gahope.org

The Center for Hope - Christian Counseling -  Ringgold - www.thecenterforhope.org

 

Henager Counseling Institute - Chattanooga - Christian Counselors https://henegarcc.com/ 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be very helpful to those struggling with suicidal thoughts. They learn new skills to use when the suicidal thoughts enter their mind. This interrupts the downward spiral.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) may also be beneficial and uses mindfulness and other coping skills to decrease impulsive and destructive urges that can lead to suicide attempts. 

Licensed therapist are often trained in CBT and/or DBT.

Online Support - You Don't Even Have to Leave Your House. 

Suicide Survivor Support Group - Chattanooga - first Tuesday and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11:30am to 12:30 am EST and is open to anyone who needs support, and it is facilitated by a grief counselor and is FREE 

via Zoom  Meeting ID number:  270 021 3866

for password just contact :

Sally Ensley

Grief Counselor

Hospice of Chattanooga

423-892-4289

sally_ensley@hospiceofchattanooga.org

www.AllianceofHope.org - they provide online peer support groups for those who lost someone to suicide and individual counseling at a reasonable fee.

Healing Conversations https://afsp.org/healing-conversations

formerly known as the Survivor Outreach Program – gives those who lost someone to suicide the opportunity to talk with our experienced volunteers. These AFSP volunteers, who are themselves survivors of suicide loss, offer understanding and guidance in the weeks and months following a suicide death.

Available in person, on the phone or by video chat, our volunteers are familiar with the isolation that so often accompanies a death of this kind, and are able to show suicide loss survivors a way forward into a world of support, by creating an opportunity for the newly bereaved to speak openly with, and ask questions of, someone who has been there, too, and truly gets it.

 

Man Therapy ...

https://mantherapy.org/#!/card/98/Cooking

This page is under construction.

Keep the cup from reaching the rim.

SOS's

Georgia Survivors retreat

What FMHP can do?

  --QPR trainings

  --Suicide Prevention Workshops

  --Connect you to resources - counselors, therapists, support groups

  --Promote and support local mental health and wellness trainings

  --Run suicide prevention media campaigns

List national organizations and DBHDD