Suicide Prevention

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NAMI Minnesota
800 Transfer Road, #31
Saint Paul, MN 55114

phone: 651-645-2948
toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps
(1-888-626-4435)
fax: 651-645-7379

email: namihelps@namimn.org

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Suicide Awareness, Prevention & Support

NAMI Minnesota has been awarded a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health to expand its suicide prevention activities around the state. The grant began in January of 2016 and runs through June of 2019. Find more about the grant, here.

Crisis Resources

Find statewide crisis resources for children and adults, here.

National Suicide Prevention LifeLine - Get Help Online, here.  Or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Warning Signs of Suicidal Behavior and What You Can Do, here.

TXT4Life is a suicide prevention resource available in many MN counties. The TXT4Life program uses texting as a way for those in crisis or contemplating suicide to anonymously reach out and ask for free, confidential help. When individuals text the word "LIFE" to 61222, they are connected with a trained counselor who can help them by listening, providing tools and resources, and helping them get to a safe place, both emotionally and physically.

Suicide Prevention Classes

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) - Learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide.  Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in more than 48 states. This is a one-hour workshop is for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention. (Find more NAMI classes, here.)
• Blaine, June 3, 2:00-3:30, Northtown Library, 711 Co. Hwy 10 Frontage Road (Register, here.)
• Monticello, July 25, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Monticello Community Center, 505 Walnut Street, in Bridge Room. RSVP to CAMHI@co.benton.mn.us. Seating is limited. See flyer.

safeTALK - Learn how to support someone’s desire for safety by recognizing the warning signs of suicide, identifying people who are at risk, and applying the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person to suicide first aid resources. Listed on the national best practice registry, safeTALK allows time for both practice and discussion. safeTALK is based on research that shows people experiencing thoughts of suicide often send out subtle invitations to help them stay safe. This three-hour workshop is for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to lean and practice the basic best practices in suicide prevention.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – Learn to provide suicide first aid. ASIST is a best practice in suicide prevention where participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk. This is a two-day interactive workshop.

Means Restriction Education - Learn how to educate families on the importance of restricting access to lethal means when a family member is at risk of suicide. The workshop includes how to develop safe options for gun removal and storage and how to secure medications. This one-hour workshop is an evidence-based practice designed for crisis responders, medical, and mental health professionals. Metal lock boxes are provided for attendees. (Find NAMI classes, here.)

Connect Postvention Workshop - Learn the research-based best practices in responding to a sudden death like suicide including how to reduce the risk of contagion and how to promote healthy recovery for both the suicide loss survivors and the greater community. This is half-day suicide postvention workshop is for professionals including first responders, faith community leaders, funeral directors, school staff, social service and mental health providers. An American Indian version is also offered.

SurvivorVoices - This two-day training teaches those bereaved by suicide nationally recognized best practices for speaking safely and effectively about their loss. Survivors of suicide loss are key partners in NAMI’s suicide prevention and postvention efforts. No one is more passionate about preventing further suicides and letting other survivors know they are not alone.  NAMI SurvivorVoices speakers are asked to present at our postvention trainings.  Suicide loss survivors should have at least two years between the loss of their loved one and attending the SurvivorVoices training.

Survivor Support Groups

Suicide Bereavement Support Group in White Bear Lake - Peer-run group meets at Century College in White Bear Lake every 4th Monday from 4:15-5:45 p.m. The room varies by semester so it is best if those coming call first. Contact Chris Caulkins at 651-295-6595.

Suicide Loss Support Group in Buffalo - Meets every 4th Thursday of the month from 7:00-8:00 p.m., Buffalo Community Center, 206 Central Avenue, in Buffalo. Facilitator: Mary Sodergren 763-267-7041.

Suicide Survivor Support Group in Brunswick - Meets 2nd Thursday of the month, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Brunswick, 2088 Hwy. 70, in Mora, For information call Jeanne at 320-282-5023.

Suicide Survivor Support Group in Golden Valley - Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m.,  Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valey. For information call Bev Chipman at 763-323-3178

Suicide Survivor Support Group in Princeton - Meets Mondays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., 1st Congregational Church UCC, 610 1st St. Contact Lisa at 763-670-9850.

SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) - Support groups for survivors offered, here.

Survivor Resources - Website with various survivor resources, here.

Other Supportive Links

Suicide Prevention:
American Association of Suicidology
Provides facts about suicide, suicide prevention tips, and current research.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
Includes suicide facts.  Minnesota does not have any AFSP support groups.

National Association for People of Color Against Suicide

SAVE- Suicide Awareness/Voices of Education
Offers information on suicide prevention, coping with loss and community education.

Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA)
Contains suicide prevention information for policy makers, advocates, and survivors.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Funded by SAMHSA, this site offers suicide prevention information to communities and states.  Contains updates links to recent news and research.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK, provides immediate assistance to individuals in crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider.