Resources for Suicide Prevention and Support

shutterstock_1001751502-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc.
Serving Pinellas, Citrus & Hernando Counties
Suicide Hotline: 2-1-1
Web Site: www.211tampabay.org

Abuse Hotline
Reporting abuse and neglect of children and elderly/disabled individuals. 1-800-96-ABUSE

Coalition to Prevent Substance Abuse and Suicide, Inc. A volunteer organization dedicated to education and prevention of suicide.
Box 497, Bay Pines, FL 33744 727-530-4556

Directions for Mental Health is a community mental health center providing prevention, early intervention and treatment, adult and children’s outpatient services, mental health therapies, and psychiatric services in upper Pinellas County.
1437 S. Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL 33764 www.healthehurt.com/
524-4464

The Harbor Behavioral Health Care Institute offers a full range of comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment services in Pasco and Hernando Counties. Additionally, The Harbor has been designated by the Florida Department of Children and Families as a Baker Act Receiving Facility for adults, children and adolescents.
7809 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey, FL 34653
727-842-3200
24 Hour Crisis Support – 727-849-9988 Pasco and Hernando Counties
www.baycare.org

Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Inc – Bereavement Program offers individual and group bereavement support to those grieving the loss of a loved one. Specialized groups for survivors of suicide, parents, and children. Currently a suicide survivors groups meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Hospice office in Trouble Creek Square located at 4422 Grand Blvd, New Port Richey. www.hph-hospice.org
For more information call 727-849-2629 or 1-800-486-8784.

The Suncoast Hospice has the Bridges Community Bereavement Services/ It offers bereavement counseling on a one-on-one or family basis. A suicide bereavement program is offered. Children receive services through the Child and Family Support Program.
5771 Roosevelt Blvd.
Clearwater, Florida 33760
727-586-4432
www.thehospice.org

PEMHS (Pinellas Emergency Mental Health Services) provides Crisis Units for those in need of assessment and treatment.
11254 58th Street North, Pinellas Park, FL
727-541-4628
www.pemhs.org/index.htm

PEMHS Family Emergency Treatment Center is an ambulatory walk-in center for mental health and addiction treatment.
650 16th street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
727-552-1053

Suicide Hotline

A 24 hour suicide and crisis line
727-791-3131 (Pinellas County)

Suncoast Center for Community Mental Health
In-home mental health counseling to homebound elders is provided through the federal Older Americans Act. Suncoast also provides outpatient and case management services, which consist of assessment, treatment planning, medication management, counseling and service coordination for mental health and addiction problems.
4024 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33711
327-7656
www.suncoastcenter.org

Victim Assistance Programs are available through the larger local law enforcement departments, including Clearwater Police, Gulfport Police, Largo Police, New Port Richey Police, Pasco County Sheriff, Pinellas County Sheriff, Pinellas Park Police, and St. Petersburg Police. Areas not covered by these departments are served by a Victim Advocate at the State Attorney?s Office. A Victim Advocate may be called in by law enforcement personnel immediately after the suicide to assist the survivor in handling needed tasks and to make referrals to counseling programs

Website Resources

This list of websites is in two parts: general and elder specific. It was originally prepared for the Florida Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training… Preventing Suicide in Later Life.

State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs
Tallahassee, FL
December, 2002

This list has been updated in an effort to list only working sites. If you try a link and find that it does not connect, please contact us and let us know so that it can be removed from the list.

General Resources

The Aging and Disability Resource Center is a program of the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. The Helpline provides information and assistance to seniors, Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5 PM. The focus is on connecting seniors, adults with a disability and their caregivers to community resources, including governmental, non-profit agencies, and private businesses which serve seniors and enable them to remain independent in the community. 1-800-963-5337.
www.AgingCareFl.org

American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
The American Association of Suicidology promotes research, public awareness programs, and education and training for professionals and volunteers.
http://www.suicidology.org

American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized worldwide. Its 40,500 U.S. and international physicians specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional illnesses and substance abuse disorders.
http://www.psych.org

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention id dedicated to advancing our knowledge of suicide and our ability to prevent it.
http://www.afsp.org

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention is a non-profit national association promoting treatment, education, and research on suicidal behavior in Canada.
http://www.suicideprevention.ca/

Centre For Suicide Prevention
The Centre is a library and resource center. Located on the site is a comprehensive list of suicide prevention resources, crisis support information, and links to helpful suicide sites. They provide a quarterly quick reference guide to some of the newest resources in the field of suicide prevention and the publications are available for downloading online.
http://www.suicideinfo.ca

Counseling Center, University of Illinois
The counseling Center has produced Self-Help Brochures including suicide prevention and depression. The content is very useful in gaining a basic understanding of causes and warning signs to look for.
http://www.counselingcenter.illinois.edu/?page_id=148

Infoline 2-1-1 of Connecticut
Infoline 211 of Connecticut is a partnership of CT United Way and the State of Connecticut. Site provides excellent information addressing suicide prevention with a focus on intervention.
http://www.211ct.org/crisis/Default.asp and http://www.211ct.org/crisis/eldersuicide.asp

Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country?s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/suicide

National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH)
The NIMH Suicide Research Consortium is comprised primarily of NIMH scientists across the Institute who also administer research grants. The Consortium coordinates program development in suicide prevention, identifies gaps in the scientific knowledge base, stimulates and monitors research, keeps abreast of scientific developments in suicidology and public policy issues related to suicide surveillance, prevention, and treatment, and disseminates science-based information on suicidology to the public, media, and policy makers.
http://health.nih.gov/topic/Suicide

SA\VE Suicide Awareness \ Voices of Education
Suicide Awareness \ Voices of Education provides information on
depression and suicide including a number of educational tools, from
brochures, fact sheets, frequently asked questions to support materials for
communities to address suicide prevention.
http://www.save.org

Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN)
SPAN is dedicated to the creation and implementation of effective
national suicide prevention strategies. SPAN is a network of persons
working to raise national awareness and advocate for a National suicide
prevention policy.
http://www.spanusa.org

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) – Information on state plans http://www.sprc.org/stateinformation/plans.asp

The Suicide Paradigm
This site is for those who have experienced suicide loss and others who
want to know more about the reality of suicide and its aftermath. It also
provides a number of helpful resources for survivors.
http://www.members.tripod.com/~LifeGard/index.html

University of South Florida- Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute
Offers resources and suicide prevention activities through the Florida Suicide Prevention Implementation Project. http://preventsuicide.fmhi.usf.edu/

Elderly Website Resources

Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida http://www.fmhi.usf.edu/institute/pubs/pdf/amh/eldertaskforce.pdf

Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition
Provides articles, resources, links, and information on local contacts.
http://www.floridasuicideprevention.org

Center For Elderly Suicide Prevention
Affiliated with the Goldman Institute on Aging
http://www.growthhouse.org/cesp.html

Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition
Provides articles, resources, links, and information on local contacts.
http://www.floridasuicideprevention.org

Goldman Institute on Aging
Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention
http://www.gioa.org

Indiana University
The Suicide of Older Men and Women: How You Can Help Prevent Tragedy
http://www.suicidology.org/older_men_and_women.htm

Mayo Clinic
Warning Signs of Suicide
http://www.mayohealth.org/home?id=HQ01616

National Institute on Mental Health
Older Adults: Depression and Suicide Facts
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/elderlydepsuicide.cfm

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
At a Glance — Suicide among the Elderly
http://www.mentalhealth.org/suicideprevention/elderly.asp

Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
At a Glance: Suicide Among the Elderly
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calltoaction/fact2.htm

Tripod Plus
Elder Suicide and Post-acute Care: A Gatekeeper’s Role for Providers
http://members.tripod.com/~ProviderHelper/elder.html

University of Florida
A pdf file on “Suicide and the Elderly: Warning Signs and Helping Points”
http://http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FY101

Washington University at St. Louis
Hotline Program Assists Elderly at Risk of Suicide
http://wupa.wustl.edu/record/archive/1997/04-03-97/2296.html

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Research Reports and Articles on Suicide and Elderly Seniors and suicide — Elderly rates lead all age groups
http://www.wilder.org/goodage/Features/suicide101.html

Resources on this page are the result of a conference held November 21, 2003 on “Suicide Prevention in the Elderly”. It was co-sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging and St. Petersburg College.