Surviving the Suicide of a Family Member: Some Great Resources
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Join a National/Local Organization Trying to Reduce Suicide
American Association of Suicidology (AAS) (http://www.suicidology.org).
Get their newsletter for survivors and attend their annual conference, which includes both scientists and survivors.
Join a National/Local Organization Supporting Individuals/Families Struggling With Mental Illness
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). They support families in Utah who have a family member struggling with mental illness. They have classes for the individual affected and for family members providing emotional support. They have a “Suicide Survivors Group” who meets, shares, and supports each other.
Find Clinical Services for Mental Health (Therapy and/or Medication)
Start with your insurance company, get a list of providers, find the providers in your area, and talk with your primary care doctor/nurse about recommendations.
No insurance coverage? There are a few places left to help those who are not insured. Try the Polizzi Clinic; they help patients with low income with a sliding scale (affordable).
What If a Family Member Has a Mental Health Crisis?
(Mental illnesses run in families just like diabetes, asthma, and cancer.)
- Call 911 in an emergency situation
Call the 24 hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 if the patient wants help, and there is a question about the need for hospitalization.
In Salt Lake County, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline may ask the Mobile Crisis Team to come to your home to assess the situation. This includes a mental health worker, specially trained police officer, and a patient advocate.
What if someone is struggling, needs to talk to someone, but is not suicidal? We recommend the calling the Utah Warm Line - 801-587-1055 - at Huntsman Mental Health Institute (formerly UNI). They have patients who have recovered from their mental illness provide support via phone.
Huntsman Mental Health Institute offers 24 hour crisis evaluations. (Please go to an Emergency Department first, if there are concerns about overdose, recreational drugs, or agitation/violence.)
Learn about Suicide Prevention Programs for Utah Schools
Hope4Utah: A great school program integrating a specially trained student “Hope Squads” supported by school administration, in collaboration with the local mental health center.
- NAMI’s school educational program to recognize mental illness: “Hope for Tomorrow”
Develop a Suicide Prevention Advocacy Role in the State of Utah
- Kim Myers, LCSW, firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition
- Teresa Brechlin, LCSW, email@example.com
Donate Money to Suicide Research
Suicide is a tragedy. It has a ripple effect on family, friends and the community. We can’t change the past, but we can do something positive for the future. We must care and support those who suffer after the suicide of a loved one.
Doug Gray, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Utah School of Medicine