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In November 2010, Southwestern Healthcare, Inc. launched a Suicide Awareness Initiative. Through this initiative we have developed a community-wide marketing campaign that utilizes television, radio, print, billboards, magazine ads, bus benches and bus back and other outlets to spread our suicide prevention message and increase awareness of our 24 hour, 7 day a week suicide prevention line.

With the current suicide rates in our communities it was important for our organization to increase our role of providing a suicide prevention line and support for those who make the call. It is our goal to inform as many citizens of our communities as possible about suicide prevention and to provide help, hope and support to those who either are suicidal or know of someone who may be at risk.

If you are feeling helpless, depressed, out of control, hopeless or are ready to give up, please know that these and other feelings are real. Suicide is real. Help is available. Suicide is preventable.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please make the call at 812.422.1100. We are here 24 hours a day to help you. No call is too much or too little for us to answer. Mental health professionals are available to assist when help is needed most. Please make the call and give us the opportunity to help you during this difficult time. We care. We are here for you.

We invite you to tour our page to learn more about suicide prevention and various means we are using to increase suicide prevention efforts in Southwestern Indiana. If you would like us to provide suicide prevention education to your organization or have ideas on how we can increase our efforts in the community, please click here to contact us.

Here are some examples of how Southwestern is spreading the word about the Suicide Awareness Initiative:


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Prevention Cards
Are you interested in displaying our suicide prevention cards at your location? Or do you work with youth or adults that you would like to share our cards with? Our suicide prevention cards promote our 24-hour, seven day a week suicide prevention hotline.


Contact our Communications Department today at 812.436.4221 to obtain these cards.

QPR Training
In 2009, the suicide statistics for Vanderburgh County, Indiana were astounding. The number of suicides reached an all time high of 49 occurring during this year. Unfortunately in 2010 there have been seven more suicides occur in the first half of the year versus in 2009. In an effort to create awareness of suicide prevention, Southwestern Healthcare, Inc. hosts, free to our community, QPR suicide prevention training sessions.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer – three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.

Being QPR trained will help you learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hope and know how to get help and save a life.

If you or your organization, church or small group is interested in hosting a free one hour course on QPR, our staff can come to your location and conduct the training. Trainings can be scheduled by calling our Communications Department at 812.436.4221.

For more in-depth information, click below to read our 5-part series of articles regarding QPR.

Part 1: Saving Lives in the Tri-State
Part 2: Myths and Facts
Part 3: Facts about Suicide and Learning QPR for Suicide Reduction I
Part 4: Facts about Suicide and Learning QPR for Suicide Reduction II
Part 5: Facts about Suicide and Learning QPR for Reduction III

The following are websites you can visit online to learn more about suicide prevention for individuals of all ages. These websites will provide you with warning signs, support, suicide prevention basics, free webinars you can view, a list of suicide prevention events taking place across the nation and lots of other helpful information on suicide prevention.

American Association of Suicidology

The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.

Founded in 1968 by Edwin S. Shneidman, Ph.D., AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. In addition, AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a 501(c)(3) organization, has been at the forefront of a wide range of suicide prevention initiatives in 2010 — each designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. We are investing in groundbreaking research, new educational campaigns, innovative demonstration projects and critical policy work. And we are expanding our assistance to people whose lives have been affected by suicide, reaching out to offer support and offering opportunities to become involved in prevention.

We are increasing the number of community-based chapters, now at 39, with two-dozen more in development. And we have a growing list of friends and supporters leading a grassroots constituency that can advocate for the policies and legislation at the state and federal levels to advance suicide prevention.

With a suicide attempt estimated to occur every minute of every day in the United States and over 34,000 lives lost each year, the importance of AFSP’s mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.

Suicide Prevention in Colleges

Suicide is a complex public health issue with several causes, including psychiatric illnesses that may have not been recognized or treated. Substance abuse and mental disorders account for approximately 90 percent of those who have died by suicide, but these illnesses are treatable and people suffering from them do get better. Many treatment options are available, and there have been several recent advances in treating and understanding suicide. This guide was designed to offer hope and help for those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, as well as the friends and family who want so badly to help them.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) 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.

SPRC promotes the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and enhances the nation’s mental health infrastructure by providing states, government agencies, private organizations, colleges and universities, and suicide survivor and mental health consumer groups with access to the science and experience that can support their efforts to develop programs, implement interventions, and promote policies to prevent suicide.

QPR Institute

The QPR Institute is a multidisciplinary training organization whose primary goal is to provide suicide prevention educational services and materials to professionals and the general public. We offer state-of-the-art programs to institutions that want to increase their standard of care and reduce the suicide rate.

The QPR Institute has developed a comprehensive series of both professional and lay training programs to help prevent suicide. These programs cover the spectrum of awareness raising and primary prevention, to intervention and suicide risk assessment, as well as training in postvention in the aftermath of suicide and other trauma. Ours is a systems approach and based on the premise that everyone needs suicide prevention training. We are helping others all across the USA and beyond to implement public health oriented suicide prevention programs in their schools, universities, hospitals and communities. We currently have more than 2500 Certified QPR Instructors in more than 48 states, Australia and China.

Well Aware

Well Aware is a branded program of the PDV Foundation, publishers of Advancing Suicide Prevention, the field’s only professional trade journal and a strategic health policy magazine that reaches 20,000 leaders and policymakers nationwide. The PDV Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to advance communications in mental health and social services in America, with focus on prevention of suicide and contributing factors. It is the publisher of Advancing Suicide Prevention®, the field’s only independent and unencumbered health-policy trade publication. The Foundation works with state and federal partners, private and public, on social marketing initiatives to advance prevention of suicide in our nation, in a manner consistent with the 2001 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Where to Get Help

Several choices are available for you to get help in your community. First and foremost, if you are considering suicide, please make the call to our 24-hour suicide prevention line at 812.422.1100.

If you are in need of mental health services but are not in immediate danger of hurting yourself or others, the following are some resources for you to consider.

Treatment Centers

Deaconess Cross Pointe – 812.476.7200
Mulberry Center, Inc. – 812.423.4700
Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. – 812.436.4220
St. Mary’s Mental Health – 812.485.5025

Support Groups

Support groups are a great way to connect to others who may be dealing with the same mental health or addiction issues you or your loved one is facing. Support groups are not treatment groups, rather they are meetings held in a small group setting that allows you to find hope, support and gain support from your peers.

The following are a few organizations that offer support groups in our local community:


Bipolar/Manic Depressive Disorder – Come together for discussion, sharing and learning. This ongoing support group helps individuals and their loved ones cope with the high and low emotions of Bipolar Disorder. The group is led by a peer facilitator.

Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – This self-help support group provides education, peer support and problem-solving for individuals experiencing anxiety issues. The group is led by a mental health professional.

Survivors of Suicide (SOS) – This grief support group is for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide. The group is led by a peer facilitator.

For more information, visit the Mental Health America website or call 812.426.2640.


Friends and Family – This is a support group for friends and family members of persons with mental illness.

NAMI Connections – This is a peer-directed support group for persons living with mental illness.

For more information, visit the NAMI website or call 812.423.4333.