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The resources below can help you better understand mental health and substance use issues.

This website has information on a wide variety of mental health issues, including suicide. The suicide prevention page has advice for both people contemplating suicide and those who want to help a suicidal person. The site also provides a list exposing common myths about suicide, such as the idea that people who talk about it won’t really do it.

This website has lots of information about mental illness and suicide prevention, including statistics, symptoms, treatment options, and risk factors. This site is useful for understanding the connection between suicide and other mental health issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, and others.

Teen suicide is a growing problem in America and many other countries. SPTS is a non-profit organization created by parents whose teen-aged children committed suicide. It’s dedicated to helping to reduce the problem of teen suicide by providing resources for teens, as well as, parents and educators. SPTS pushes for legislation requiring teachers to undergo training in suicide prevention.

This is a public and private alliance of organizations dedicated to preventing suicide. The Action Alliance works with many groups, including government agencies, religious groups, schools, and mental health organizations to help people understand and prevent suicide. The Action Alliance, along with the Surgeon General, released a report called National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, which is one of the most comprehensive guides on this topic.

The AFSP website has a long list of resources, including crisis hotlines, advice for finding mental health care, substance abuse treatment, and resources for issues such as cutting, borderline personality, schizophrenia and other issues that often overlap with suicide. The AFSP also provides help to people who have lost loved ones to suicide.

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. They provide resources featuring information related to psychological issues affecting daily physical and emotional well-being.

The CDC is a government agency mainly known for addressing health issues. However, it also has information about preventing violence and suicide. The website has links for preventing suicide in specific populations such as gay men, Native Americans, traumatized children, and others.

RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. It created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

A consortium of researchers and school districts across Missouri, Virginia, and Montana are working to enhance the capacity of rural schools to identify, prevent, and intervene in youth mental health concerns. This Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Contact: Wendy Reinke @ reinkew@missouri.edu 573-882-7890