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Texas Panhandle
Suicide Prevention Coalition
 
 Mission:  The Texas Panhandle Suicide Prevention Coalition is working to reduce the incidence of suicide attempts through public education and awareness, and aims to offer support to the families surviving suicide through community collaboration and education.
 
Serving Armstrong, Carson, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman and Wheeler Counties.
 

 News and Announcements

New Data Issued by the CDC Showing Continued Rise in Suicide Rate 
by Jolie Person
 6/30/2014 11:09 AM
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Urges Increased and Strategic Efforts to Address Suicide Prevention and the Trending Increase in Numbers.

NEW YORK (June 24, 2014) – U.S. national suicide deaths rose slightly for the fifth year in a row from...

 
Promote Safe and Effective Discussions about Suicide 
by Jolie Person
 6/30/2014 10:59 AM
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Conversations Matter is an online resource that helps lay people and professionals guide discussions about suicide in ways that break down stigma and increase understanding and support for those thinking about or affected by suicide.

For more information:...

 
NEW Community Resource Guide 
by Jolie Person
 6/30/2014 10:08 AM
The "Suicide Community Resource Guide for the Texas Panhandle: Prevention and Postvention" is updated and now available. Please contact Jolie for more information: jolie.person@dshs.state.tx.us
 
Suicide Postvention in the Workplace Attachment
by Jolie Person
 6/6/2014 4:23 PM
A guide for managers is now available from the American Association of Suicidology.

In the United States, the majority of people who take their lives are working aged-people, and yet workplaces are often unprepared to deal with this crisis. ...

 
Myth or Fact: The number of suicides is highest during the holiday season? 
by Jolie Person
 12/23/2013 1:58 PM
Holiday

The idea that suicides occur more frequently during the holiday season is a long perpetuated myth.

CDC's National Center for Health Statistics reports that the suicide rate is, in fact, the lowest in December. The rate peaks in the spring and the...

 
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 GET HELP NOW

 
If this is an emergency, Dial 911
 
If you or someone you know are having thoughts about suicide, call:
 
Local Crisis Line
Texas Panhandle area
(806) 359-6699
 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK
(800) 273-8255
 

 Links

  Texas Suicide Prevention Organization
  American Association of Suicidology
  Facebook - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  Broadcast: International Survivors of Suicide Day
  Radio and TV PSA - Teen Suicide Prevention Campaign
  Find a Psychologist
  Choosing a Psychiatrist
  National Suicide Statistics at a Glance: A CDC Resource, 2009
  National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
  National Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention
  Suicide and suicide attempts in adolescents: An AAP policy statement
  Pediatric suicide-related presentations: A systematic review of mental health care in the emergency department
  EBP - Emergency Department Means Restriction Education
  EBP - Columbia University TeenScreen
  EBP - CARE (Care, Assess, Respond, Empower)
  EBP - CAST (Coping the Support Training)
  EBP - SOS: Signs of Suicide: A Middle School Program
  VetoViolence

 Surviving Suicide Loss

You are not alone!
 
There are more than 32,000 suicides in the United States each year, according to the American Association of Suicidology and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  It is estimated that for every suicide there are 6 survivors.  So, approximately 5 million Americans became survivors of suicide in the last 25 years! 

"Support Groups are a huge part of the healing process for those left behind by suicide.  Some might say 'why not just a grief group?' Although grief groups are good, they don't touch on the real issues left with survivors - the Whys, the Guilt, the Anger, the What Ifs and the Stigma that plague and often hamper recovery of a person reeling from a suicide completion. Support Groups are not for everyone, but those who have come to ours say that they look forward to time spent with those who Really know how they feel.  they can express the feelings that overwhelm them without feeling guildty about what others may think."  Patty Williams, Co-chair, Texas Suicide Prevention Council, Beaumont

If this is your first time to this site, you might try here:  Coping With Loss.
 
If you are interested in being a part of a Survivors of Suicide (SOS) support group, please contact Esther Quine at (806) 358-1347.
 
 

 For the Media

The media can play a powerful role in educating the public about suicide prevention, however news stories about individual deaths may have the potential to harm. 
 
See "Media Guidelines for Reporting on Suicide" for more information.