Helping professionals may:
Request free resources and educational brochures on suicide prevention and support after a suicide from your local Community Services Board Prevention Department (view map below).
Take one of the free or low-cost trainings open to all adults. Read full summaries of available courses and decide what suits your needs.
Post the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number and National Suicide Crisis Textline in a highly visible location.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, press 1 for veterans
- National Suicide Prevention Textline: 741741, Type “Hello” to start conversation
Take the free online training from the Suicide Prevention Resource Council called, Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM).
Funeral directors may:
As a funeral director, you can play a vital role in helping survivors of suicide loss. For those families of loved ones that you encounter, they will benefit from your engagement in the activities listed above.
You are in a unique position to offer valuable resources that can help with healing and potentially lessen the risk of suicidality among those who are vulnerable.
Read this guide for funeral directors on how to support those who have experienced suicide loss with skills, resources, and information.
Faith communities may:
Your friends in faith will benefit from engaging in the activities listed above. In your unique position as spiritual care facilitators, you may also find the following additional tips helpful:
- Read tips for working with families after a suicide.
- Watch this brief video about clergy self-care after a suicide in the church community.