Resources available to help those considering suicide, or who know someone who is

Suicide is a focus for the Minnesota Department of Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention Unit. The unit uses a public health approach to prevent suicides by supporting and coordinating state-funded suicide prevention activities and a state suicide prevention plan; and providing technical assistance and data to support community-based prevention programs. Learn more about the unit here.

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Minnesota provides useful information on its website.  Find crisis team phone numbers, support groups, publications and more.

Mental Health Minnesota also provides crisis lines, walk-in counseling and other resources on its website. Some of the resources are culturally-specific. Go here.

One statewide resources is the www.suicide.org listings, which provide information of resources throughout Minnesota.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a Minnesota chapter. Learn more here.

Another resource is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 1-800-273-TALK or www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Yet another good resource is the national Treatment Advocacy Center, which operates the hotline 1-800-SUICIDE.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) offers resources as well, including media information, support for suicide survivors and resources to prevent suicide. The group’s 27th annual Suicide Awareness Memorial is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30 at Wooddale Church 6630 Shady Oka Road, Eden Prairie. Keynote speaker is musician Alan Levy, whose son Daniel struggled with mental illness. Levy released a solo record in 2015 in which he explored Daniel’s struggles and death.

The event includes the faces of suicide display, the reading of names and survivor stories. Visit www.save.org/