PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES
Center for Suicide Awareness provides help, hope, education, and resources to families and individuals through programs and initiatives focused on suicide awareness and prevention.
Since October of 2014, HOPELINE has been providing barrier-free emotional support, crisis intervention, help, and resources to anyone, 24/7, via the most popular form of communication: texting. This free service, offered by Center for Suicide Awareness, receives texts from anyone seeking support, help, and resources when they need it most. Texts received reflect struggles with breakups, job loss, bullying, school, friends, relationship issues, family struggles, LGBTQ issues, abuse concerns, and concerns from Veterans and current service men and woman.
Text HOPELINE to 741741 from anywhere, at any time and a live, trained, Responder promptly answers the text. The Responder establishes rapport and trust via back and forth texts with the individual. Both work together to move the person from a “hot moment” to a “cool calm” and establish a plan to stay safe.
VETERAN SUPPORT – “I CHALLENGE YOU TO 22”
In addition to HOPELINE, the Center is proactive in the fight against Veteran Suicides. Every day approximately 22 Veterans die by suicide in the US. Veterans and service men and women deserve our help and support. As a result, the Center began the “I Challenge You to 22” program with all efforts focused on getting a Challenge Coin in the hands of a Veteran that is struggling. The Center produced a Challenge Coin reflecting messages of hope, support, and encouragement to share their struggle. The Challenge Coin also has the number for HOPELINE. Today, Police Departments across the Wisconsin are equipping their Officers with Challenge Coins to share with any Veteran that is struggling.
The prevalence of mental health stigma continues to be a significant concern. Mental health stigma produces harmful attitudes and behaviors towards those struggling with a mental health concern. Stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help and may prevent family, friends, or loved ones from reaching out. Anyone struggling with a mental health concern must be treated with the same respect, compassion, and dignity as those who are struggling with physical health. The Center for Suicide Awareness is in the “business” of saving lives. The focus will continue to be our mission of being dedicated to preventing suicide through proactive education, training, emotional support, collaboration, and intervention.
Project Rest, started by the Center for Suicide Awareness, reaches out to all with the powerful visual “rest” symbol in music. In music, the REST symbol is a place where the musician pauses in the middle of the song to breathe, refocus, and refresh before they continue.
In life, there are ups and downs, twists and turns, and we can easily become stressed and overwhelmed. With the barrage of life issues we face daily, take a moment and simply rest. PROJECT REST serves to encourage and remind us to take a moment just to pause, breathe, refocus, and refresh. In music as in life the song continues, and so must we.
SURVIVORS of SUICIDE SUPPORT GROUPS
The loss of a loved one by suicide is often shocking, painful and unexpected. The grief that ensues can be intense, complex, and long term. Grief work is an extremely individual and unique process; each person will experience it in their own way and at their own pace.
Many survivors find that the best help comes from attending a support group for survivors of suicide where they can openly share their own story and their feelings with fellow survivors without pressure or fear of judgment. Support groups can be a helpful source of guidance and understanding as well as a support in the healing process.
Center for Suicide Awareness offers SOS (Survivors of Suicide) Support Groups as well as serves as an Advisor for communities looking to start SOS Groups.
*Please see our Event Calendar for current SOS groups offered by Center for Suicide Awareness.