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Suicide Awareness & Prevention Training

Richland Library partnered with the Harriet Hancock LBGT Center to offer training on how to question, persuade and refer individuals that may be at risk for suicide. Eileen Schell, Physician Liasion, Richland Palmetto Health, gave an hour long presentation with question and answer time at the end. Mrs. Schell was able to help the audience learn what type of questions to ask an individual that could be suicidal. And more importantly the questions you shouldn't ask. The presentation was based on QPR which stands for Question Persuade Refer. She provided the audidence with brochures from these organizations.

Mental Health America of South Carolina

Mental Health America of SC offers a variety of programs and services throughout the state. MHASC assists individuals with mental illnesses and their families, provides community educational trainings, and reaches out to the state through health fairs and advocacy activities.

South Carolina Suicide Prevention Coalition

The South Carolina Suicide Prevention Coalition shall promote the awareness of suicide issues and related activities such as prevention, training, awareness events, and survivor support.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the nation’s leading organization bringing together people across communities and backgrounds to understand and prevent suicide, and to help heal the pain it causes. Individuals, families, and communities who have been personally touched by suicide are the moving force behind everything we do.

Please take a look below for library resources and other organization websites that can provide education and help for anyone dealing with suicide whether it be someone who is thinking about it or someone who is concerned about a family member or a friend.


Amazon Says: From Sundance Award-winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, comes a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary following five kids and families over the course of a school yea more...
Amazon Says: From Sundance Award-winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, comes a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary following five kids and families over the course of a school year. Offering insight into different facets of America’s bullying crisis, the stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices, this is a powerful and inspiring film that every educator, parent and teenager should see. less...
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Amazon Says: Every 18 minutes, there is a suicide attempt somewhere in the United States, with some 30,000 of those resulting in completed suicide each year. Worldwide, there are more than more...
Amazon Says: Every 18 minutes, there is a suicide attempt somewhere in the United States, with some 30,000 of those resulting in completed suicide each year. Worldwide, there are more than 1 million suicides annually. We know the basic facts: Most of the people were depressed or suffered another mental illness, and many were facing stressful life events with which they could not cope. But is there no way to prevent the tragedy? Author Kristine Bertini, a clinical psychologist, says one of the most effective means may be to understand first how suicidal tendencies and thinking develop, how environment, biology, culture, and societal factors all play a role in predisposing some people to give up hope and see death as the only way to end their suffering. In this book, Bertini explains the development of suicidal thinking and, through patient vignettes, illustrates the ways this thinking develops. She also describes and illustrates signals friends and loved ones as well as professionals can watch for pointing to such thinking, which may be kept secretive by the person at risk, as well as approaches that can be used to alter tendencies and thinking for the person at risk. less...
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Depression by Wendy Moragne
Amazon Says: Depression is a mental health disorder that affects the lives of millions. Statistics from the World Health Organization show that about 121 million people worldwide are clini more...
Amazon Says: Depression is a mental health disorder that affects the lives of millions. Statistics from the World Health Organization show that about 121 million people worldwide are clinically depressed. The symptoms of depression go far beyond just feeling sad. It is a serious disorder that can make it difficult for sufferers to cope with daily life. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. "Major depression affects more than 5 percent of teens and is linked with suicide, substance abuse and other serious problems. Yet it often goes undiagnosed and untreated," explains USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper. The good news is that available treatments such as medication and psychotherapy can help most people with depression to lead normal, healthy lives. In this book, you'll follow the stories of five young people who suffer from depression. You'll learn about the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of depression and discover coping strategies and available treatments. All of these facts will give you the information you need to recognize and understand depression and its treatment. Identifying depression in yourself, a friend, or a family member is the first step toward recovery. less...
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Myths about Suicide by Thomas Joiner
Amazon Says: Around the world, more than a million people die by suicide each year. Yet many of us know very little about a tragedy that may strike our own loved ones—and much of what w more...
Amazon Says: Around the world, more than a million people die by suicide each year. Yet many of us know very little about a tragedy that may strike our own loved ones—and much of what we think we know is wrong. This clear and powerful book dismantles myth after myth to bring compassionate and accurate understanding of a massive international killer. Drawing on a fascinating array of clinical cases, media reports, literary works, and scientific studies, Thomas Joiner demolishes both moralistic and psychotherapeutic clichés. He shows that suicide is not easy, cowardly, vengeful, or selfish. It is not a manifestation of "suppressed rage" or a side effect of medication. Threats of suicide, far from being idle, are often followed by serious attempts. People who are prevented once from killing themselves will not necessarily try again. The risk for suicide, Joiner argues, is partly genetic and is influenced by often agonizing mental disorders. Vulnerability to suicide may be anticipated and treated. Most important, suicide can be prevented. An eminent expert whose own father's death by suicide changed his life, Joiner is relentless in his pursuit of the truth about suicide and deeply sympathetic to such tragic waste of life and the pain it causes those left behind. less...
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Amazon Says: Discusses teenage suicide, including why some teens feel suicidal and how suicidal thoughts can be prevented and treated through psychotherapy and healthy living. Title: more...
Amazon Says: Discusses teenage suicide, including why some teens feel suicidal and how suicidal thoughts can be prevented and treated through psychotherapy and healthy living. Title: Frequently Asked Questions About Suicide Author: Giddens, Sandra Publisher: Rosen Pub Group Publication Date: 2008/09/01 Number of Pages: 64 Binding Type: LIBRARY Library of Congress: 2008000747 less...
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Amazon Says: In this remarkably clear and readable evaluation of the research on this topic, Barry Wagner presents the current state of knowledge about suicidal behaviors in children and a more...
Amazon Says: In this remarkably clear and readable evaluation of the research on this topic, Barry Wagner presents the current state of knowledge about suicidal behaviors in children and adolescents, addressing the trends of the past ten years and evaluating available treatment approaches. Wagner provides an in-depth examination of the problem of suicidal behavior within the context of child and adolescent behavior. Among the developmental issues covered are the evolving capacity for emotional self-regulation, change and stresses in family, peer, and romantic relationships, and developing conceptions of time and death. He also provides an up-to-date review of the controversy surrounding the possible influence of antidepressant medications on suicidal behavior. Within the context of an integrative model of the suicide crisis, Wagner discusses issues pertaining to assessment, treatment, and prevention. less...
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Amazon Says: On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain ended his long struggle with depression and chemical dependency by taking his own life. His suicide profoundly affected millions of fans around t more...
Amazon Says: On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain ended his long struggle with depression and chemical dependency by taking his own life. His suicide profoundly affected millions of fans around the world who identified with the music of Kurt and his band, Nirvana. Bev Cobain is Kurt's cousin, and this powerful book is her way of dealing with his death—and reaching out to teens with a life-saving message: You don't have to be sad, discouraged, or depressed. There is help and hope for you. Full of solid information and straight talk, When Nothing Matters Anymore defines and explains adolescent depression, reveals how common it is, describes the symptoms, and spreads the good news that depression is treatable. Personal stories, photos, and poetry from teens dealing with depression speak directly to readers' feelings, concerns, and experiences. Teens learn how to recognize depression in themselves and others, understand its effects, and take care of themselves by relaxing, exercising, eating right, and talking things over with people who care. For some teens, self-help isn't enough, so Bev also tells about treatment options, presents the facts about therapy, explains the differences between various types of helping professionals (psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, physicians, counselors, etc.), discusses medications, and more. This book isn't just for teens who have been diagnosed with depression. It's for any teen who feels hopeless, helpless, and alone. Clear, encouraging, and matter-of-fact, it's also recommended for parents, teachers, and counselors who want to know more about teen depression. less...
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Amazon Says: GLBT teens need to maintain healthy familial relationships. Advice about coming out and how to understand and react to the feeling of others are offered. more...
Amazon Says: GLBT teens need to maintain healthy familial relationships. Advice about coming out and how to understand and react to the feeling of others are offered. less...
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Teen Suicide by Lorena Huddle

Amazon Says: Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young Americans aged 15-24. As a teenager, DeQuincy Lezine nearly ended his own life-he believed it was the only way to end the more...
Amazon Says: Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young Americans aged 15-24. As a teenager, DeQuincy Lezine nearly ended his own life-he believed it was the only way to end the emotional pain and misery caused by clinical depression. Instead, Lezine was able to receive expert psychiatric care, and went on to found the first campus-based chapter of the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA. Now a researcher at the University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide, Lezine is particularly devoted to preventing adolescent suicide, and he brings the wealth of his personal and professional experience to bear in Eight Stories Up. He first describes his deteriorating state of mind in college, pinpointing some of the origins of the depression that would nearly claim his life. He then goes on to use his experiences to offer wisdom and practical advice to other young people who may be considering suicide. In straightforward, easy-to-understand language and along with the psychiatric expertise of David Brent, MD, Lezine discusses what is known about suicide in adolescents, how to seek psychiatric treatment, and how to get the most out of professional help. He also surveys some of the therapists used to prevent suicide, how to talk to loved ones about suicidal thoughts, and how to stay healthy at home and at school. The result is both a remarkable memoir and a useful guide that will help to ease the isolation and suffering caused by thoughts of suicide, assuring young people that, with commitment and hard work, they can overcome their troubles in a safe and healthy way. Part of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series of books written specifically for teens and young adults, Eight Stories Up offers hope to young people who are at risk of suicide, offering a lifeline of experienced support and guidance that could save their lives. less...
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  • Harriet Hancock LGBT Center
    Our facility offers a variety of resources including a free lending library, meeting spaces for LGBT-supportive groups, and a directory of LGBT-friendly businesses, organizations, and counselors while also serving as the headquarters for the South Carolina Pride Movement. The resources provided at the Harriet Hancock LGBT Center are free and available to everyone during operating hours.
  • NAMI Mid-Carolina
    NAMI Mid-Carolina works to improve the treatment and quality of life for people who live with mental illnesses, their families, and the community through education, support and advocacy. As part of this mission, NAMI Mid-Carolina has several public outreach programs such as support groups and monthly education meetings.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention.
  • The Trevor Project
    The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
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