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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Charities Report 67% Growth in Giving to Suicide Prevention



Earlier this year, conversations on suicide and mental health in the United States were reignited by the deaths of designer Kate Spade and TV personality Anthony Bourdain, and a report by the CDC that found that suicide rates have increased by more than 25% in the last 20 years. 

While that statistic is staggering and heartbreaking, there is hope. Over the last five years, five of the country’s largest, most respected suicide prevention organizations have reported a 67% increase in revenue growth. These funds have been used to provide crisis services and mental health resources, fund research, and launch creative campaigns to reach new, vulnerable audiences. As a country, we’re becoming more aware of this crisis and taking action to end it.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The five highly-rated charities listed below are working tirelessly to reverse the staggering trend reported by the CDC. They are supporting at-risk populations in communities across the country to prevent suicide and empower individuals and institutions with the resources they need to be allies in this fight. Keep reading to learn more about these outstanding organizations and consider joining in this fight by supporting one today.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
☆☆☆ + Impact
Out of the darkness

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

To fully achieve its mission, AFSP engages in the following Five Core Strategies: it funds scientific research; offers educational programs for professionals; educates the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention; promotes policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention; and, provide programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk, and involve them in the work of the Foundation.

The JED Foundation
☆☆☆☆
Protecting emotional health and preventing suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults

The JED Foundation is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation's teens and young adults. JED partners with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. They equip teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. And, they encourage community awareness, understanding, and action for young adult mental health.

The JED Foundation and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, along with the AdCouncil, recently launched a campaign to encourage students to “Seize the Awkward” and reach out to a friend who may be struggling.



Learn more about the Seize the Awkward Campaign today!


The Trevor Project
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Saving young lives

The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25. 

The Trevor Project offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as a peer-to-peer social network support for LGBTQ young people under the age of 25, TrevorSpace. Trevor also offers an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, a legislative advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and conducts research to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. 


If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, Trevor Lifeline crisis counselors are available all day, every day at (866) 488-7386.


Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Caring for families of our fallen heroes

Founded out of tragedy in 1994, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) has grown and established itself as the front line resource to families and loved ones of our military men and women. TAPS has provided comfort and care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week through comprehensive services and programs including peer-based emotional support, case work assistance, crisis intervention, and grief and trauma resources. TAPS has assisted over 40,000 surviving family members, casualty officers, and caregivers. Their National Military Survivor Seminars and Good Grief Camps have been conducted for nineteen years, and are complemented by regional seminars across the country.

NAMI
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
The nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 900 local communities across the country. NAMI recognizes that the key concepts of recovery, resiliency, and support are essential to improving the wellness and quality of life of all persons affected by mental illness. NAMI members and friends work to fulfill its mission by providing support, education, and advocacy. Their many activities include public education and information activities, peer education and support, raising awareness and fighting stigma, and state and federal advocacy.


If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Or, text HOME to 741741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor through Crisis Text Line.


Check out Charity Navigator’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Hot Topic for a full list of highly-rated charities providing much needed mental health and support services in communities across the country.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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