HHS Announces Additional $200 Million in Funding for 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 Funding for states, territories, and tribes will help build local capacity. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), today announced more than $200 million in new funding for states, territories, and tribes to build local capacity for the 988Continue reading “HHS Announces Additional $200 Million in Funding for 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline”

Social media addiction is a growing concern 

Psychologists estimate tens of millions of Americans are addicted to social media apps such as Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. While adults and teens both use the platforms, social media addiction statistics indicate that the younger generation is more easily addicted and more susceptible to negative effects such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts leading toContinue reading “Social media addiction is a growing concern “

Is the pandemic to blame for the rising suicide rate? Not entirely.

By TIM ROWDENThe Grief Project Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, with 47,646 deaths reported in 2021, an increase of nearly four percent over 2020, according to recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate of suicides per 100,000 increased from 13.5 in 2020 to 14.0 in 2021.Continue reading “Is the pandemic to blame for the rising suicide rate? Not entirely.”

Taking steps to prevent suicide

From UCLA Health: The suicide rate among young adults is up, and the COVID-19 pandemic may not be the only factor to blame. Experts are looking closely at the role of social media, drug use and mood disorders. But the most important key to preventing suicide may be recognizing the signs of suicidal thoughts. “Many peopleContinue reading “Taking steps to prevent suicide”

Annie’s Hope – Helping children heal from grief

An estimated 5.6 million children in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling by age 18. Of those, an estimated 467,000 (9.8%) will lose a parent to suicide, and 42,000 (4.4%) will lose a sibling to suicide. Researchers believe one in 13 kids in the U.S. will suffer the loss ofContinue reading “Annie’s Hope – Helping children heal from grief”

In less than 5 minutes

Losing my son to suicide By TIM ROWDENThe Grief Project I attended my first Out of the Darkness Walk hosted by the Missouri Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on Sept. 26, 2021, two weeks after losing my son, Ian, to suicide. Still in shock and consumed by grief, I was notContinue reading “In less than 5 minutes”

Elodie – Sydney’s Story

As told by her mother, Nancy Newton Blair Her real name was Sydney but she changed it. She was a makeup artist, and she changed it professionally to Elodie about a year before she died. So she was going by Elodie, but I will probably call her Sydney because that was the name I gaveContinue reading “Elodie – Sydney’s Story”