Seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK if you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs:  The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities – seemingly without thinking
  • Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
  • Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes
  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life

Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Here are a few Suicide Prevention Apps and resources that may make a difference.  If texting is your preferred way to communicate, there is a crisis text line for you and, of course, there is always the “old school”  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline



Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1



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Crisis Text Line   TEXT 741741
Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 service to people in crisis. All via text. For more information, visit us at crisistextline.org. This page is not a resource for counseling. In crisis now? We got this. Text 741741.


CHESTERFIELD SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION CAMPAIGN  In 2015, the Chesterfield Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition (The Coalition) was founded with a goal to educate the public through education, community outreach and media efforts.  The Coalition is co-chaired by Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services and FACES.  Other members include Chesterfield County Public Schools, Chesterfield Health District, Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Social Services, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Virginia Chapter, Beacon Tree Foundation, Full Circle Grief Counseling, HCA, McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center,  Morrissett Community Care, National Alliance On Mental Illness Central Virginia (NAMI), Recovery Ministries, Virginia Department of Veterans Services/Virginia Veteran and Family Support.

Please visit our website www.chesterfield.gov/preventsuicide/ to view our campaign events, videos, resource booklet, and other important information about suicide awareness and prevention.

Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services:  

Provides individualized mental health counseling services to adults over the age of 18. Consumers seek services for a wide range of problems including substance use, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, and a variety of interpersonal problems. Select a service below for program information and additional resources.

Emergency Services

The Chesterfield Emergency Mental Health Services staff are specialists trained to assist individuals who are having serious, life-threatening mental-health problems. Immediate attention is given to problem solving, safety planning and assessing risk factors. Staff are trained to evaluate the risk of potential harm to oneself, others, or the inability to care for oneself as a result of a serious mental illness. In addition, staff are trained to evaluate whether an individual requires immediate psychiatric hospitalization. Emergency Services staff also provide information and recommendations to callers on how to de-escalate crisis situations. As needed, Emergency Services staff may also refer individuals to other agencies or community services for additional support

What services are provided Emergency Services?
Unlike general emergency calls which are handled by 911, calls to Emergency Services have a significant mental health component.

Emergency services can provide:

  • Screening and assessment
  • Crisis counseling and intervention
  • Safety planning
  • Coordination with other professionals

Who can use Emergency Services?
Services are available to any Chesterfield County resident and to any person physically located within the county who is at significant risk for harm due to their mental health problem.

How do I get an appointment?

Emergency Services staff is available to respond to calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 804-748-6356.

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Central Virginia (NAMI-CVA): providing mental health education, support and advocacy. For more information, go to http://namicentralvirginia.org/.

  • ·         Speakers with expertise in mental illness and related community services.
  • ·         Support groups, classes, and programs for people living with mental illnesses.
  • ·         Family support groups.
  • ·         Parents and Teachers as Allies presentation to educate school personnel about students experiencing mental health  challenges and how to partner with their families.
  • ·         Community events to raise awareness.

Beacon Tree Foundation: a non-profit youth mental health organization founded in 2008 by Tom and Diana Leahy. For more information, go to http://beacontree.org/.

  • ·         Operation OnRamp – Providing youth access to mental health care.
  • ·         Family Grant Program – Gap funding for mental health treatment up to age 21.
  • ·         ASQ Suicide Screening – Implementation of this screening tool in PCP and pediatric practices.
  • ·         Preventure Drug Prevention Intervention – Life skills training.
  • ·         Speaking engagements – Presentations, tabling events to educate the community on mental health.

Celebrate Recovery: providing a safe place to find healing from life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits through the 12 Steps and 8 Recovery Principles. Programs on Friday nights. For more information, go to CelebrateRecovery@SouthsideChurchVA.org.

  • ·         Lessons, personal testimony or special guest speakers for adults and teens.
  • ·         Lessons, music, activities, and games for children.
  • ·         Gender specific, issue-based small groups.
  • ·         Great fellowship, great coffee, and great snacks.


The Treatment Advocacy Center was founded in Arlington, Virginia, by E. Fuller Torrey, MD, in 1998. Dr. Torrey had worked for 15 years at a Washington, DC, clinic for homeless people with severe mental illness and authored Out of the Shadows: Confronting America’s Mental Illness Crisis about the criminalization of mental illness. After consulting with other experts in the mental health and legal fields, he concluded that a concentrated effort was needed to reform state civil commitment laws so that decompensating individuals with severe mental illness received treatment before they became dangerous, homeless, incarcerated, victimized or suffered other common consequences of non-treatmentwww.treatmentadvocacycenter.org

Gateway Homes

Gateway Homes welcomes adult men and women who have been diagnosed with serious mental illness and whose desire is for increased independence




Created in partnership with the California mental health services authority, this app lets you stay in touch with your network and plan to stay safe. You can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you’re having thoughts of suicide.

You Are Important — Depression, Suicide and Bullying Prevention Videos App

This app is from the same people behind It Gets Better. The campaign to prevent suicide in the gay community started by Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller. This particular app is geared towards the LGBT community. The developers call it the little app with the big message: You are important.

Suicide Safe by SAMHSA

According to the app, it is a suicide prevention learning tool with a behavioral health provider component and is nationally recognized by the suicide assessment five step evaluation and triage practice guidelines. This app provides tips and offers real time “what to do” action, as well as referrals for treatment.

More: Talking about suicide prevention is the first step toward making a difference

The Jason Foundation’s A Friend Asks by Bluechip Athletic Solutions

If you suspect that someone in your life may be suicidal, this app provides help for you. Would you even know how to respond if you recognize that somebody close to you was about to take their own life? This app provides warning signs as well as do’s and don’ts for you to help the person you love or even just someone you know who is in crisis.

ReliefLink by Emory University

Emory University has always been on the cutting edge of human development. This app is incredibly innovative, designed specifically for improving mental health and offering help near you in your area immediately if you are in crisis. You can track your mood daily and be active in your own progress. It’s a very cognitive behavioral approach. This app also has a place for you to put all of your important information, like insurance information and your doctor’s details.

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