According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that every year one million people die from suicide. Halifax Health is committed to being a part of a solution to preventing suicide by providing mental wellness services and resources for those who are in need.

Why did we create Connect 4 Hope?

While many people have been impacted in some way by suicide, most of the general public does not know the staggering suicide statistics and the groups of people that are most at risk to try and complete suicide. Suicide is also something that is not discussed in a public forum until it is too late. Also, many don't know about the various resources that are available to help when someone is depressed or suicidal. With social media and technology increasing isolation it is of extreme importance that we provide a place where someone can find all of the available avenues to help prevent suicide.

What does Connect 4 Hope mean?

Connecting with yourself. Listen internally and know the importance of giving yourself a daily mental health check up.

Connecting with someone. A friend, family member, work colleague or someone else may reach out to you and need you to listen about everything that is going on in their life, including the struggles they may face on a daily basis. This includes being able to connect with a person or group of people that you can confide in and deal with all the stress that life can bring.

Connecting to resources available. Know that there are numerous local resources available to prevent suicide and help increase mental wellness.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free, and confidential support for people in distress with prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones and best practices for professionals.

Mental Health America of East Central Florida

Mental Health America of East Central Florida  provides programs and services to support people with mental illnesses, their families and friends and the community with needed information, referrals and resources. Programs also support the acceptance of people with mental illness into our communities through increasing awareness and the reduction of stigmas surrounding mental illnesses.

To learn more visit http://www.mhavolusia.org/

Lutheran Services Florida

Luthern Services Florida offers mental and physical health care for people with no insurance. They can be reached at 1-877-229-9098 and to learn more about them please go to https://www.lsfnet.org/

SMA Healthcare

Transforming lives through hope and healing, SMA Healthcare, formerly Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare, has been providing exceptional behavioral healthcare for over 50 years.

SMA’s dedicated staff provides compassionate services to individuals suffering from mental illness and addictions throughout Volusia, Flagler, Putnam, and St. Johns counties. SMA also sees adolescents on an Outpatient Basis at 1220 Willis Ave, Daytona Beach, FL, 32114. To make an appointment as a parent or guardiance, please call SMA's Access Line at 800-539-4228.

SMA also has a Crisis Text line. Text "Home" to 741-741 and can begin texting with someone. You can learn more at https://www.crisistextline.org/.  

If you need help now, call 800-539-4228. For more information about SMA Healthcare and the services they offer visit smahealthcare.org 

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in your community.

 

First Responders

Volusia/Flagler County Crisis Intervention Stress Management Team

This free resource provides diffusing and debriefings for First Repsonders. Please call 386-252-4911.

First responders who have experience a traumatic loss can also call our Traumatic Loss Number at 386-425-3337 or Dr. Kimberly Beck-Frate at 386-425-3337.

Veterans

Mission 22

Mission 22 is a non-profit which combats the ever-rising veteran suicide rate. Every day, more than twenty veterans are lost to suicide. Mission 22 wants to bring that number to zero. It does this with three main programs; veteran treatment programs, memorials and national awareness.

Mission 22 provides treatment programs to veterans for Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and other issues they might be facing. It organizes events and builds memorials to create social impact and awareness for these issues. Mission 22 also has an Ambassador volunteer program for people to get involved as well.

Find out more about them, their mission, programs they have and more at https://www.mission22.com/#ourcause 

Youth

The Jason Foundation

The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.

JFI believes that awareness and education are the first steps to prevention. We want to establish a Triangle of Prevention by providing students, parents and teachers the tools and resources to help identify and help at-risk youth. This is accomplished through a curriculum unit for students and informational seminars for teachers and parents. The programs provide resources to accomplish this goal.

Learn more more about the foundation, their mission, resources and programs at http://jasonfoundation.com/

BeginAgain Children’s Grief Center  

Provides free services to bereaved children ages 4-18 and their families providing both individual counseling groups. Must call to schedule for services and orientation. Please call 386-425-3100.

Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends was founded over 40 years ago when a chaplain at the Warwickshire Hospital in England brought together two sets of grieving parents and realized that the support they gave each other was better than anything he, as a chaplain, could ever say or provide. Meeting around a kitchen table, the Lawleys and the Hendersons were joined by a bereaved mother and the chaplain, Simon Stephens, and The Society of the Compassionate Friends was born. The Compassionate Friends jumped across the ocean and was established in the United States and incorporated in 1978 in Illinois.

Each chapter, along with the supporting National Office, is committed to helping every bereaved parent, sibling, or grandparent who may walk through our doors or contact us. The Volusia/Flager chapter can be found here: https://www.compassionatefriends.org/chapter/volusiaflagler-chapter/

Sandy Hook Promise

Volusia County Schools entered a partnership with Sandy Hook Promise this year to offer three specific programs.

  • Say Something - Say Something teaches adults and youth how to recognize the signs and signals from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or to others. This is an evidenced based program developed in collaboration with leading violence prevision researchers and educators.
  • Signs of Suicide (SOS) - Signs of Suicide teaches youth, educators and administrators how to identify, intervene and get help for youth who may be depressed or suicidal.
  • Safety and Intervention (SAI) - Safety and Intervention teaches adults in schools and youth organization how to identify, assess and respond to threats of violence or at-risk behavior BEFORE a tragedy takes place. SAI not only addresses the threat itself but also helps identify and treat the underlying problem in that youth's life that led to him/her making the threat.

Volusia County Schools have already begun implementing these three programs throughout the district and will continue the partnership in the 19-20 school year. Find out more at http://myvolusiaschools.org/security/Pages/Whats-New-in-2018-19.aspx

 

Halifax Health Hospice Traumatic Loss Program

Offers a variety of support groups including:

  • Assure Group meets the 3rd Monday of every month at 6:00 pm for those bereaved by suicide.
  • Traumatic Loss Group meets the 1st Monday of every month at 5:30 pm for any type of traumatic loss including suicide for those bereaved.
  • Individual Counseling Services for those bereved by suicide. 
  • Individual Conuseling for First Responders experiencing a traumatic incident or bereaved by suicide or any other type of of traumatic loss.
  • The Traumatic Loss Program also provides services for veterans who have experience a military death or a tramautic death in general.

All of these classes are free to attend. Please call Dr. Kimberly Beck-Frate at 386-425-3339 or 386-425-3337 for more information. Learn more at https://www.halifaxhealth.org/services-treatments/our-services/hospice-care/locations/grief-centers