VANESSA L. McGANN, PhD

(212) 645-2533

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Links

Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) - http://www.nami.org/

Mental Health America - http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/
Mental Health America, founded in 1909, is the nation's leading community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) - http://www.samhsa.gov/
SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.


World Health Organization (WHO) - http://www.who.int/en/
The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for health.  It was established on April 7, 1948.  WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.  Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Suicide Prevention

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) - http://www.afsp.org/
AFSP is dedicated to advancing our knowledge of suicide and our ability to prevent it.  AFSP's activities include supporting research projects, providing information and education about suicide and depression, and supporting programs for suicide survivor treatment, research and education.

The Jason Foundation - http://jasonfoundation.com/
In 1997, The Jason Foundation was founded by Clark Flatt after losing his sixteen year-old son, Jason, to the silent epidemic of youth suicide.  Since then, The Jason Foundation has worked to help educate young people, parents, teachers, and other who work with young people about youth suicide.  Their mission is helping young people deal with the pressures of growing up by offering choices other than suicide as an answer to problems.

 

The Jed Foundation - http://www.jedfoundation.org/
The Jed Foundation was established in order to prevent suicide on college campuses and focus on the underlying causes of suicide.  The Jed Foundation convenes higher education and government leaders as well as scientific research and mental health experts in order to design effective prevention programs that reflect the best in current thinking.

 

LIFE: Living Is For Everyone - http://www.livingisforeveryone.com.au/Home.html
Dedicated to providing the best available evidence and resources to guide activities aimed at reducing the rate at which people take their lives in Australia, the LIFE website is designed for people across the community who are involved in suicide and self-harm prevention activities.

 

International Association for Suicide Prevention - http://www.iasp.info/
IASP is dedicated to preventing suicidal behavior, to alleviate its effects, and to provide a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors.

Light for Life Foundation - Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program - http://www.yellowribbon.org/
A community-based outreach program of Light for Life Foundation International, Yellow Ribbon offers a program that teaches about the internal nature of depression and loneliness.  Suicide Prevention Community Development, Gatekeeper Training, seminars, workshops with fully developed curriculum (and videos) are available.

 

Means Matter: Harvard School of Public Health - http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/means-matter/
Most efforts to prevent suicide focus on why people take their lives. But as we understand more about who attempts sucide and when and where and why, it becomes increasingly clear that how a person attempts - the means they use - plays a key role in whether they live or die.

 

SA/VE (Suicide Awareness/Voices of Education) - http://www.save.org/
SAVE's mission is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, eliminate stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.

 

Suicide Prevention News and Comment - http://suicidepreventioncommunity.wordpress.com/
A privately-owned blog maintained by Franklin Cook, a longtime suicide prevention advocate and suicide grief outreach worker.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) - http://www.sprc.org/
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network - http://tspn.org/
A grassroots team of Tennesseans working to eliminate the stigma of suicide, educate the community about the warning signs of suicide, and ultimately reduce the rate of suicide in the state of Tennessee.

Youth Suicide Prevention Program - http://www.yspp.org/
The Youth Suicide Prevention Program is dedicated to reducing youth suicide through training, public awareness and communities in action.

Surviving Suicide Loss

Alliance of Hope - http://www.allianceofhope.org/
A website for survivors that includes a lively discussion forum, links to support groups, a recommended book list, even poetry.

 

Friends for Survival, Inc. - http://www.friendsforsurvival.org/
A national outreach program for survivors of suicide loss.  Friends for Survival, Inc. is dedicated to providing a variety of peer support services that comfort those in grief, encourage healing and growth, foster the development of skills to cope with a loss and educate the entire community regarding the impact of suicide.

HEARTBEAT Grief Support Following Suicide - http://heartbeatsurvivorsaftersuicide.org/index.shtml
Support for those who have lost a loved one through suicide.  HEARTBEAT is a peer support group offering empathy, encouragement and direction following the suicide of a loved one.

Memory Tree of Lights - http://www.memorytrees.org/
The "Memory Tree of Lights" is a ministry which focuses on the Christmas holiday season and provides comfort, education, intervention and hope to people whose lives have been impacted by the loss of someone to suicide and who are overwhelmed by this loss during the Christmas season.

Music for the Soul - http://www.musicforthesoul.org/
Chaos of the Heart, a CD of music and spoken word, is a faith-based resource for those grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide.

The Samaritans - http://www.samaritansnyc.org/
Samaritans USA is the coalition of the 11 non-profit, non-religious Samaritans suicide prevention centers in the United States. Its primary purpose is to further the Samaritan's principles of befriending people who are depress, in crisis and suicidal as practiced on or through our volunteer-staffed crisis response hotlines, public education programs and suicide survivor support groups.

The Sibling Connection - http://www.counselingstlouis.net/
This site has been created as a resource for anyone who has experience the death of a brother or sister.

 

SiblingSurvivors.com - http://siblingsurvivors.com/
A website dedicated to support for people who have lost a sibling to suicide.

 

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide - http://www.sobs.admin.care4free.net/
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) is a UK charity that exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.  Their website contains a variety of support material, including testimonies written by survivors.