Suicide Awareness/Prevention
Suicide Prevention Information

National Suicide Prevention Resources
If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). They have trained counselors available 24/7 to provide free, confidential help.

Risk factors are often confused with warning signs of suicide, and frequently suicide prevention materials mix the two into lists of “what to watch out for.” It is important to note, however, that factors identified as increasing risk are not factors that cause or predict a suicide attempt. Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that an individual will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. Protective factors are characteristics that make it less likely that individuals will consider, attempt, or die by suicide.

Risk Factors for Suicide
  • Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and certain personality disorders
  • Alcohol and other substance use disorders
  • Hopelessness
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Major physical illnesses
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Family history of suicide
  • Job or financial loss
  • Loss of relationship
  • Easy access to lethal means
  • Local clusters of suicide
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation
  • Stigma associated with asking for help
  • Lack of health care, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
  • Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
  • Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)

Protective Factors for Suicide
  • Effective clinical care for mental, physical and substance use disorders
  • Easy access to a variety of clinical interventions
  • Restricted access to highly lethal means of suicide
  • Strong connections to family and community support
  • Support through ongoing medical and mental health care relationships
  • Skills in problem solving, conflict resolution and handling problems in a non-violent way
  • Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support self-preservation

(This was adapted from "Understanding Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide” and “Risk and protective factors for suicide" by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.)

Suicide Prevention Dialogue with Consumers and Survivors: From Pain to Promise (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Suicide Prevention Organizations

Survivors of Suicide - Understanding Suicide 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you. Information and materials are also available.
Parent Resources for Handling Grief
Denton County MHMR Center
2519 Scripture
P.O. Box 2346
Denton, Tx. 76202

Phyllis Finley, B.A., QMHP, QMRP

MCOT Community Liaison
(940) 565-5295
Tarrant County MHMR Center
3840 Hulen Street, North Tower
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Jennifer Smith
MCOT Program Manager for Tarrant County
Director of Crisis Services
Wise County MHMR
Charlie Martin
Suicide Prevention Coordinator at Helen Farabee (Wise County MHMR)
940-696-6106 / (800) 669-4166
The Warm Place
809 Lipscomb Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104-3121
817 / 870-2272

Lezlie Culver
The Loss Team Coordinator for Tarrant County

Sundance Hospital & Sundance Center of Arlington
7100 US Hwy. 287 Suite 100
Arlington, TX 76001
Website Listing of Counseling in Fort Worth Area