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 ( 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.


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

Allison Barron - Chattanooga - This group class starts August 21st. Wednesday nights at GraceWorks Church - 6445 Lee Hwy. 6:30pm 


Jimmy Spurling - Ringgold, GA 706-375-1111


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


Michael Wadel - Chattanoog, TN  423-779-6420 


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


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!)


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.





Facilitator - Tonia Shadwick (suicide loss survivor)


Location: Christ Unity Church

105 McBrien Road

Chattanooga, TN

When: Every 3rd Thursday of the month.

7:00 - 9:00 pm

New members may join any time.

Must be over the age of 18 to attend.




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 -

Stephanie Nelson, LCSW - Chattanooga

Advertises she works with people who experience suicidal thoughts.


Georgia HOPE - Secular Counselors

The Center for Hope - Christian Counseling -  Ringgold -


Henager Counseling Institute - Chattanooga - Christian Counselors 

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

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.

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Keep the cup from reaching the rim.


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