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Holding Hands


The information and links on this page can help you or a loved one to access suicide prevention resources. Prevention is our first line of defense and together, we can save lives.  

Before a Crisis

"Sometimes miracles are just good

people with kind hearts."

Text “HOPELINE” to 741741

  • HOPELINE’s purpose is to offer emotional support and resources before situations rise to crisis level. Texts received reflect struggles with breakups, job loss, bullying, LGBTQ issues, parental issues, school, friends, relationship issues or any struggle a person is experiencing.


Creating Awareness in your Community

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How to Spread Awareness

Starting events in your area to  promote awareness with factual information that also encourage mental wellness can be whatever people in your community would be excited to participate in. Keep in mind, Friendships and not feeling alone is one of the most effective ways to prevent suicide.

  • Newsletter template  or School Newsletter Template

  • T-shirt designs (past designs)

  • Provide trainings to educate the community on what signs to look for in a person that may be struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts along with local resources.

  • Partner with a local park or business that can provide a free service or use 1x a week or 1 x a month for people to relax or connect to others.

  • Host a monthly gathering that is open to the community.  Create an environment for people to socialize in a non judgmental way to create genuine friendships. 

  • Host a fundraiser and donate to suicide prevention on a local level.

  • Arrange transportation and tickets to outing such as comedy clubs, music concerts, theatre performances, other activities outside of your community for people to participate in.

  • Partner with a Mental Health provider and host a support group or educational presentation. For example: Compassionate Friend, Survivors of Suicide (SOS), After a Suicide Attempt, Self-Care, Men's Mental Health, Meditation/ Positive Mind Set for a few examples.


Spreading Suicide Prevention Message Responsibly


Resources of Displays to Use:

Interactive Activities for Displays

Printable Display Boards 

(tri fold bulletin board, or window displays)

Click the title to print the display materials

Free Professional Printable Materials 

(English & Spanish)


Phone Apps to Help YOURSELF

  • Joyages : (Google Play or App Store) apps to help you build resilience like a digital life coach. "Profile Tab" has self- assessment at your fingertips. Use COMPANY CODE : SCN20

  • Virtual Hope Box - This contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. You create your own personal virtual box.

  • Stay Alive - This is geared toward people who may think of committing suicide, as well as friends and family who may want to help. The app comes loaded with resources, including a customizable "My Safety Plan" of actions, places and people that can help calm you down when you're feeling suicidal, a Lifebox that you can fill with your personal inspirational photos and access to breathing exercises and grounding techniques.

  • My3 - is an App that helps you feel grounded when you are suicidal.  You create your own  network of support system and safety plan.

  • Calm in the Storm : An App through the Apple Store to cope with the stresses of life.

  • Operation Reach Out- This is focused for military personnel and their families.

  • Mindfulness Coach : Mindfulness is effective for reducing stress, improving emotional balance, increasing self-awareness, helping with anxiety and depression, and coping more effectively with chronic pain 

  • PTSD Coach: provides you with education, professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, opportunities to find support, and can help you manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD

  • Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool.

  • Tactical Breather App can be used to gain control over physiological and psychological responses to stress. Through repetitive practice and training, anyone can learn to gain control of your heart rate, emotions, concentration, and other physiological and psychological responses to your body during stressful situations

  • Moving Forward App provides on-the-go tools and teaches problem solving skills to overcome obstacles and deal with stress.

  • T2 Mood Tracker App: The app records a range of emotions for anxiety, depression, head injury, stress, post-traumatic stress and a user’s general wellbeing.

Phone Apps to Help Someone Else

  •  A Friend Ask - This App gives warning signs of suicide and step by step instructions of what you should do if you feel a friend is suicidal.

  • Got Your  Back  App gives resources for phone numbers to call. Possibly not speak to a live person for support.

Risk Factors


Warning signs

Schedule a QPR training at your workplace, church, school, club or neighborhood

Suicide Prevention Coalition of Iowa County offers a free QPR (Question Persuade Refer) training where participants learn the warning signs for suicide, how to offer hope, and how to seek help to save a life.

QPR is CPR for Suicide Prevention. QPR stands for:

  • Question the person about suicide

  • Persuade the person to get help

  • Refer them for help

Glossary of Suicide Terms



History of Suicide Prevention Memorial Ribbon Colors   

"The purple and turquoise Suicide Prevention Ribbon symbolizes suicide awareness and prevention."

The idea of using purple and turquoise stems from conversations between Sandy Martin, founder of the Lifekeeper Quilts, and Michelle Linn-Gust, President of AAS. Ms. Martin pointed out that every cause had a colored ribbon except suicide prevention. Because many causes already have a color, the decision was made to go with two. Purple and turquoise are both healing colors. The color combination stands for survivors of suicide and suicide itself. The ribbon serves as a reminder that suicide is an issue we need to talk about. The Suicide Prevention Ribbon’s first appearance was at the AAS Annual Conference in Santa Fe in 2003, and has been used in various conferences and suicide events since.

Resource: American Association of Suicidology

Programs for the Work Place


Programs for Schools


Depression Screening

Gun Safety

How to be an

Active Listener

Strong Support Network

Tell Your Story & National Movements 

Self-Care Practices


Temporary Tattoos

These are great for students! Get a pack for your classroom, the nurses office or counselors office.

  • "Perfectly Imperfect" -  (2.5 in x 1 in) (Conscious Ink) 

    • Available in white ink

    • "Tattoo Packs" focused on - Be Kind, Love My Body, Empower, Gratitude, Self-

    • Love, Be Present, Survivor/Thriver, Girl Power, Be You and more.

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