Suicide Prevention

Mission

 

Our mission is to prevent suicide through education, training and community-wide awareness and to offer compassionate grief support and resources to those who have lost a loved one to suicide. We aim to reduce the stigma associated with suicide and to achieve zero suicides in Indiana.

 

 

Training Programs

The Suicide Prevention Center (SPC) offers a wide range of programs to educate, train and prevent suicide. In addition to general suicide prevention presentations tailored to the audience, we offer evidence-based trainings including:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) -- a two-day workshop on suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone has thoughts of suicide and how to work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.

  • QPRT Suicide Risk Detection, Risk Assessment and Risk Management Training-- an all-day, best-practices course in the detection, assessment and management of suicidal people from a medical, psychological and legal perspective.

  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) -- a two-hour class that teaches a three-step method for intervening in a suicidal crisis. QPR participants receive the latest information that is reinforced by a QPR booklet and card complete with warning signs, methods to encourage a person to get help and a list of community resources.

  • Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program – a middle and high school program that teaches teens that it’s okay to Ask4Help and educates youth on warning signs, risk factors and making a plan for preparedness. This presentation is given in a health class or an auditorium setting.

  • Yellow Ribbon Elementary School Program -- a curriculum that teaches help-seeking behaviors and resiliency in children grades K-5. This age-appropriate curriculum includes hands-on strategies that build protective factors and shield children from risks associated with suicide. By the time the child reaches adolescence, help-seeking behavior is ingrained. 

Grief Support

It is often said that when once person dies by suicide, the whole community mourns. A suicide touches all of our hearts and leaves the loved ones feeling shock, numbness, guilt, anger and confusion. Keep in mind that grieving is an individual and unique process; you need to experience it at your own pace and in your own way. One essential part of moving through the grieving process is to reach out to others who have survived a suicide loss.

 

To help as you journey through the wilderness of grief, SPC offers these services:

 

  • Suicide Survivor Support Group -- for those who are coping with the loss of someone to suicide. The Suicide Survivor Support Group at United Health Services meets the last Tuesday of the month from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. This is an opportunity to connect with others who have lost a loved one to suicide and a safe place to share your experiences and emotions in a caring, warm and compassionate environment with people who understand the pain you are feeling. For more information, contact Barbara Gulbranson at bgulbranson@uhs-in.org.

  • Local Outreach to Survivors of a Suicide LOSS, for those who have recently lost a loved one to suicide. Two members of our LOSS team, which includes a survivor of suicide loss, will meet with the newly bereaved to offer support and resources at this difficult time. Call 574-314-5426 or email bgulbranson@uhs-in.org.

 

If you are in crisis,

call the National Lifeline 24/7

1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

 

If you are in crisis, you can text 741741

and type in HELP.  

 

Hope comes with help!

The Suicide Prevention Center is not a crisis center and does not provide direct services