- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Depression in Seniors: What Can Be Done to Help?
- Does Medicare Cover Alcoholism and Substance Use Disorder Treatment?
- Does Medicare Cover Mental Health Services?
- Get Connected! Linking Older Americans with Medication, Alcohol and Mental Health Resources
- Mental Health Challenges for Aging Americans
- Older Adults: Risk and Protective Factors
- Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Living Communities (SPARK Kit)
- Screening Tool & Protocol- Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)
- Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Alternatives to Suicide Support Groups
Historically, people have believed that it was too dangerous to offer peer-to-peer support groups focused on the topic of suicide without a clinician present. There are many myths and fears around this sort of group and around suicide in general. However, as a community we have found strength in coming together to talk about many ‘taboo’ topics and to support one another in our times of greatest distress. Our collective wisdom and individual stories have taught us that the space to come together in this way can be powerful and healing. It is out of this work and learning that the Alternatives to Suicide approach was born.