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Suicide Prevention Services Program (PEI)

Description: The Suicide Prevention Services (PEI) program is available to individuals of all ages who 1) are experiencing a behavioral health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts, 2) have attempted suicide and may be living with depression, 3) are concerned about a loved one possibly attempting suicide, and/or 4) are coping with the loss of a loved one who died by suicide. There are three main categories for support: Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Survivor Support Services, and Community Training / Outreach. 

The 24-Hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
A 24/7, toll-free suicide prevention accredited hotline that is available to anyone in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts or to someone who is concerned about a loved one attempting suicide. Trained counselors provide immediate, confidential, over-the-phone/text/chat assistance and initiate active rescues when necessary. For callers who give their consent, counselors conduct follow-up calls to ensure continued safety and reduce the likelihood of attempts and emergency room visits.

Survivor Support Face-to-Face Services

  • Individual Counseling for Survivors after Suicide: Children, adolescents, adults and older adults who are coping with the loss of someone to suicide can receive time-limited individual counseling. Short-term bereavement counseling is also available to families who want to improve their functioning and communication after the loss of a family member.
  • Survivors after Suicide Bereavement Groups: Two different bereavement groups are offered for anyone who is coping with the loss of someone to suicide. The first is an eight-week, closed format group, co-facilitated by a therapist and a survivor. The goal is to establish a safe place without stigma for survivors to share experience, ask questions, and express painful feelings so they can move forward with their lives. The second group is a drop-in bereavement group designed to help individuals receiving individual counseling (described above,) and program alumni so that they continue the healing process in the months and years following their losses.
  • Survivors of Suicide Attempts (SOSA) Support Group: The program offers closed groups that provide a safe, non-judgmental place for people who have survived a suicide attempt to talk about the feeling that led them to attempt suicide. The goal of this group is is to support their recovery and provide them with skills for coping with deep hurt. The program also provides individuals with culturally appropriate follow-up  care and education. 

Community Training / Outreach
The program currently offers a range of services that use Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), which provides practical suicide intervention training for clinicians, first responders, medical providers and caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. So that they are 1) better able to recognize signs of depression, suicidal ideation and other mental health conditions, and 2) informed about myths associated with talking about suicide, strategies on how to listen to and aid someone in distress, and awareness of the Suicide and Crisis Prevention Services Program.

Serves: The Suicide Prevention Services program serves a broad range of people of all ages, and individuals can be self-referred or referred by family members, providers or other partner agencies.

Contact: (855) OC-LINKS