This page and its proceeding sub-pages are dedicated to behavioral health advocacy. The pages it contains have been the culmination of a decade’s worth of collected cited research and personal experience. Here you will find a collection of information from several organizations, institutions, and individuals, including a comprehensive listing of crisis hotlines and national helplines. You will also be able to read about my personal experience with depression, bi-polar disorder, and suicidality.
For those who are experiencing or who have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts, as well as those who have lost loved ones to suicide, you in particular will find something here to help find solace, find hope, and finally make your way outside of the darkness of mental health turmoil.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from the year 2000 to the year 2014, more than 530,000 Americans completed suicide. By the end of 2014 alone, the number of Americans of all genders and all age ranges that had completed suicide that year was 42,773. It was the highest number in one year during the fourteen year period since 2000. For comparison, during 2014 there were 37,195 Americans who died in motor vehicle accidents.
Further, the yearly total of Americans completing suicide has continually and dramatically risen each year since 2000, where as the number of deaths due to motor vehicle accidents has continued to drop since 2006, except for the year 2012 when deaths rose to 38,251.
While the elderly have the highest rates of suicide, followed by those of middle-age and young adults and teens respectively, children under the age of 14, and those even as young as 5, also complete suicide.
The following pages are common destinations for visitors:
More content is available in the menu at the top of the page. For a comprehensive listing of U.S. and Missouri hotlines and helplines download the Behavioral Health Crisis Hotlines and Helplines PDF file. For a listing of the hotlines for counties within the state of Missouri you can download the Missouri Access Crisis Intervention Hotlines PDF. To learn more about my own personal journey click here.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals. Spanish and hearing impaired communication available.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Helpline
Free, confidential, 24/7 (even holidays), treatment referral and information service (English and Spanish), for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use issues.
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline
(1-800-985-5990) or Text 66746
Provides 24/7 (even holidays) assistance with crisis counseling and support for people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call or text options available.
Crisis Text Line
(text the word HOME to 741741)
Trained Crisis Counselors who volunteer their time to provide 24/7, free and confidential support for people in crisis, utilizing active listening and collaborative problem solving.
The Trevor Project
A 24/7 resource for LGBT youth struggling with a crisis or suicidal thoughts. The line is staffed by trained counselors.