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DBSA-NOVA: Suicide Prevention

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When Suicide Becomes an Option"
Donna Holland Barnes, PhD, Howard University, NOPCAS, Inc.
Compliments of DBSA - National Capitol Area.
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Suicide Prevention Information Sites

Here are some hotlines to call if you or a loved one are at risk for suicide. An alternative is to call 911.
To suggest a link, write us at

CrisisLink Regional Hotline
National Hopeline Network


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide Prevention

Also see 1-800 hotlines across the United States.

Suicide was the 11th leading cause of death in the United States for 2004, the last year for which data is available from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Kay Redfield Jamison, author of the bestselling memoir An Unquiet Mind, knows suicide firsthand. When she was twenty-eight she tried to kill herself. Weaving together hostorical and scientic explanation, Jamison writes, in the first major book on suicide in a quarter century, Night Falls Fast, about the terrible pull of suicide, particular on the young, labeling the suicide problem in the United States an epidemic. She writes that suicide has become one of the most common killers -- within the top ten -- of Americans between the ages of fifteen and fourt-five.

Jamison talks about how suicide "dangerously, has a contagious aspect; it has, as well, for the vulnerable, an indestputiable as the solution of last resort."

Jamison addresses common misconceptions about suicide, from the hardening of religious views on the topic after Biblical times to the notion that people attempt to commit suicide for one specific reason.

In our support groups, discussions about suicide and related issues are common. Our hope is to be a place where individuals can come and share their experiences and feelings without fear of judgment and with strong support.

While our groups are no substitute for professional assistance, we hope to support those who feel, as some describe it, buried alive, as if the darkness is coming over them.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts we recommend you contact a psychological or medical professional or call 911 for emergency assistance, if you feel it is warranted. We also recommend that you find a place, such as a support group, where you can safely share your most intimate and emotional feelings.

For a list of our support groups, click here.




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