Suicide Risks and Prevention Across the Lifespan Resources

Resources for Suicide Risks and Prevention Across the Lifespan

Page updated on Jun 19, 2019 at 2:33 PM

Resources: Suicide Risks and Prevention Across the Lifespan

Phone Numbers to Talk to or Text  Someone Who Can Help 

  • CrisisLink: 703.527.4077; Text: “CONNECT” to 85511
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Veterans Crisis line:  1.800.273.8255, Press 1 
  • Emergency Services, Alex. Dept. of Community and Human Services: 703.746.3401
  • Red Nacional del Suicidio: 1.888.628.9454
  • The Trevor Project, LGBT Youth: 1.866.488.7386 
  • Alexandria Police Non-Emergency:  703.746.4444 (All officers have crisis intervention training) 

Lock and Talk

The Department of Community and Human Services is offering free locking medication boxes and firearm trigger or cable locks as part of Lock and Talk Northern Virginia. Studies show that when firearms are accessible, individuals are three times more likely to die by suicide, and that most people who complete suicide use firearms (61%) or poisons/medications (19%). Limiting access to lethal means, talking with those who may want to end their lives and quickly accessing help are essential to prevention and also prevent accidents. The free firearm locks and medication lock boxes include information on safe handling and messaging, and tips to secure firearms and medications. The best strategy for protecting a person at risk is to remove lethal means from the home until a mental health crisis is resolved. Call 703.746.3436 to obtain the free devices.

Additional Information and Help

Speaking of Suicide

Know the Signs: Teens and Older Adults

5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain – National Institute of Mental Health

NIMH Answers Questions About Suicide – National Institute of Mental Health

Saving Young Lives: The Trevor Project – The Trevor Project for LGBTQ Youth

How to Help Someone in a Suicide Crisis and Hotline and Text - CrisisLink

Depression: It’s Not the New Normal – SPAN

Older Adults and Depression – National Institute of Mental Health

Safe Firearms Storage Matters – US Department of Veterans Affairs

ACE: Suicide Prevention for Veterans, Their Families and Friends – US Dept. of Veteran Affairs

Veterans Crisis Line – Talking with a Veteran in Crisis – US Department of Veterans Affairs

Suicide Prevention Lifeline (English and Spanish) –US Dept. of Health and Human Services

Suicide Prevention: Tips & Resources for Teens & Parents (English & Spanish) – Arlington Public Schools

Test Your Mood Online – Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services

Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN)

  • A regional coalition of the Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax-Falls Church, Loudoun, and 
    Prince William Community Services Boards (CSBs) and other groups in Northern Virginia, all working together to raise awareness and share resources to prevent suicide