You are not alone in helping yourself or someone you know in crisis. There are many suicide prevention resources available to identify and engage a person who is experiencing suicide ideation (thoughts). Crisis lines, counselors, intervention initiatives/programs, and more are available to you (and/or the person experiencing the emotional crisis) that led you to our site.
LiFE OF HOPE consists of THREE PILLARS OF INFLUENCE.
AWARENESS – Primary
EDUCATION – Secondary
SUPPORT – Tertiary
It is through corporate sponsorships, fundraiser participation, private donations, financial grants, and volunteer support that the LiFE OF HOPE program is made possible. As LiFE OF HOPE continues to grow in reputation and resources, the following initiatives continue to be developed and implemented. Not all initiatives are currently available but every effort is being made to define and introduce each one for maximum outcomes to be achieved within the Washington County community. If you have questions about one or more of the following, please contact us.
AWARENESS – Primary | There are many aspects to raising awareness for the topic of suicide. LiFE OF HOPE believes SUICIDE IS PREVENTABLE. One community. One family. One LiFE at a time. However, we also believe changed perspectives (reduced stigma) and healthy behaviors (coping skills) begin with raising a healthy awareness, void of judgment or shame, through a message of hope and healing. Our awareness building initiatives are focused on promoting the LiFE OF HOPE mission, separating fact from myth, and encouraging healthy discussions surrounding the risk factors, behaviors, and intervention options associated with suicide. The awareness building initiative may include but is not limited to our Youth Impact Committee, LiFE OF HOPE website, email, social media, broadcast, print publications, outdoor, community venues, and special event engagement. Messaging is designed to target all demographics within Washington County.
EDUCATION – Secondary | There are three (3) main areas of influence within our educational initiatives.
QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer.) CERTIFICATION TRAINING: As a Washington County resident or employee, QPR training is provided at no cost. Just as CPR training provides people with life-saving knowledge, QPR certified individuals learn the LiFE-Saving skills to respond to a potential or existing suicidal crisis. Training includes a thorough understanding of how to identify known behaviors/warning signs (i.e. severe depression, expressions of hopelessness, trouble sleeping, burdensome feelings, talking of suicide, isolation, altered mood, seeking lethal means, etc.) and then are taught specific steps on how to respond for a LiFE-Saving intervention and successful referral.
QPR training is available at no cost to Washington County mental health workers, educators, students, law enforcement officers and support staff, medical and EMT responders, faith groups, HR managers, service groups providing service to similar at risk individuals, professional groups, sport teams, and more. To schedule your QPR certification session, contact us today.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION FORUM: These LiFE OF HOPE events are designed to share a relatable message of how the topic of suicide affects our community through personal experience and professional insight. There are three formats which these forums may be structured.
- Survivor(s), mental/medical health professionals, and others who support a similar “at-risk” community, participate in moderated, open discussion panel dialogue to address the many aspects of suicide ideation, attempt, and death.
- A keynote guest speaker shares a “lived experience” story of arriving on the upside to suicide ideation/attempt. This format is meant to provide intimate and inspirational insight to the challenges faced by an individual who has personally faced a suicidal adversity and learned coping skills to ensure their personal safety and enjoyment of LiFE.
- A theater movie presentation introduces the topic of suicide for greater understanding of the challenges faced by suicidal individuals and affected loved ones.
In each of the above formats, an opportunity for community discussion surrounding related risk factors and behaviors follow the program with a focus on healthy coping skills and emphasis on not only surviving but thriving beyond a suicidal crisis. The twice yearly educational forums are intended to enhance understanding and keep the topic of suicide awareness and prevention a top priority long into the future.
YOUTH EDUCATION: Washington County high schools/students are encouraged and welcomed to take part in two forms of LiFE OF HOPE – Youth Education.
- Welcome a QPR trained LiFE OF HOPE representative to present a 45-minute suicide awareness and prevention session to students within the classroom environment. These education sessions are age appropriate and provide information specific to helping students understand suicidal risk-factors, behaviors, and community resources available for deterring acts of suicide. Open discussion to promote greater understanding, sharing, and questions are encouraged.
- Actively participate as a member of the LiFE OF HOPE – Youth Impact Committee (YIC). The committee consists of young adults, ages 14-24, and meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 5:00pm-6:00pm. Members become QPR certified and represent the views and beliefs of youth peers. Members also use their QPR training to help others better understand the topic of suicide prevention. Leadership opportunities are available and community involvement in suicide prevention events is encouraged. NHS, Key Club, and other groups requiring service hours are recognized and enhance member’s professional resume / college applications.
SUPPORT – Tertiary | An initial recognition/intervention of suicidal thoughts can be the first step toward a LiFE OF HOPE. Ongoing support services allow for individuals challenged by suicide ideation or attempt to receive the necessary help needed for long-term wellness.
PEER-TO-PEER SUPPORT GROUPS: Similar to other Peer-to-Peer Support Groups, persons experiencing similar thoughts, behaviors, beliefs, and struggles relating to suicidal ideation, within themselves or a loved one, benefit from the autonomous environment of sharing and healing. Hosted weekly at various locations throughout Washington County, LiFE OF HOPE Peer-to-Peer Support Groups are facilitated by mental health professionals and QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer.) volunteers who have successfully treated suicidal individuals and their families (and/or) been trained in suicide intervention. LiFE Mentor/Mentee relationships may be available to those in the midst of a suicidal crisis. These peer-relationships are available to the suicidal individual as well as their loved ones. While donations are appreciated, group participation is free.
Because the risk factors and behaviors can vary slightly between age demographics, our Peer-to-Peer Support Groups allow for a stronger shared experience by bringing like-ages and perspectives together in smaller group settings.
For those experiencing suicide ideation or a prior attempt who desire to build a LiFE of HOPE and to heal through improved coping skills and peer-support:
YOUTH (ages 14-24) | PRIME (ages 24-54) | MATURE (ages 55+) | MILITARY VETERANS
For the friends and family of those struggling with suicide ideation or attempt who desire to maintain their own mental wellness while encouraging their loved one toward a LiFE of HOPE and healing.
FRIENDS & FAMILY (all ages)
Check back for meeting dates, times, and locations.
MENTAL HEALTH (SUPPORT) ASSISTANCE: Mental illness has been found to be a major risk factor in those who attempt to end their lives. Gone untreated, there is an increased chance of suicidal ideation and attempt. LiFE OF HOPE does not provide counseling or employee mental health professionals. However, we will provide mental health assistance to individuals who do not have a private healthcare policy, do not qualify for state assistance due to earned income levels above the live of poverty, and/or do not have the means to cover co-pay and deductible costs. Assistance may include a free mental health assessment with an approved mental health provider and/or up to five therapy sessions with a licensed, reputable mental health professional. Application approval is required to receive assistance. Referral services may be recommended in lieu of LiFE OF HOPE assistance.
Our website is also a hub to resources to help individuals and families affected by suicide ideation, attempt, and death.