Did you know, suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24 in the state of California? This growing epidemic only increases the need for services that provide free and easily accessed support.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free resource that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. According to their site, “The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 150 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.” Legislation was introduced months ago to assess the viability of creating a three-digit suicide prevention number, akin to 911. The proposal has taken another step towards realization. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed that 988 link callers directly to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In times of need, one may not be able to recall a 1-800 number. The hope is that someone in distress will be able to remember a three-digit code more easily.
Another excellent resource for suicide prevention and awareness is The Jason Foundation, Inc.
The Jason Foundation, Inc. is a nationally recognized leader in youth suicide prevention and awareness. They have been providing programs and resources to help identify and assist young people who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide for over 20 years. For those years, they have never charged any school, church, youth organization or community for any of their programs or materials. To find your local JFI office, go to: http://jasonfoundation.com/about-us/locations/.