In memory of Jake Stanton, suicide prevention resources

Posted by Larry LaRue on May 8, 2014 

Jake Stanton

COURTESY STANTON FAMILY

The column on Jake Stanton and his death last week evoked heartbreak and anger in readers, and something the 19-year-old would have hated - fear.

 

No parent is ever free of it when a child talks about hurting themselves, no friend rests easy if they believe someone they care for is contemplating suicide.

 

Quite a few readers who have been battled the mental health system, as Jake’s parents Jacquie and Bill did for months, wanted The News Tribune to publish resources that might help.

 

Those aged 45 to 54 are the most at-risk group, but among those aged 14 to 24, suicide is the second-leading cause of death.

 

Those who take their lives are rarely doing so for selfish reasons - given their mental health issues, they more often feel they want to lift the burden they represent to loved ones.

 

Here are a few resources for those who may be feeling suicidal, for their families, and for counseling needed by the survivors of someone who has taken their life:

 

* The following signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. The risk of suicide is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible by calling the Lifeline - available 24/7 - at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

* For those more comfortable chatting online, there are a number of suicide prevention chatrooms, including this one.

 

* The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a website that can help you find resources.

 

* The University of Washington has a website, Forefront, filled with articles, ideas, discussions and, yes, resources.

 

* The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. If you are in immediate crisis, please call The Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386.

 

* The Texas State Counseling Center has posted suicide prevention videos on Youtube and others are linked to them there.

 

* The Youth Suicide Prevention Program has a website aimed specifically at Washington youth:

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