"It Gets Better" Campaign

Second Wind Fund Affiliate Programs are in your community to help any youth 19 and younger, at risk for suicide who are not insured or under insured and not under Medicaid. 
Recently, in an effort to address issues of bullying, 9News anchor Kirk Montgomery joined others in the "It Gets Better"campaign.  Click on Kirk Montgomery's picture to watch this powerful PSA.

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Second Wind Fund, Inc. Suggested Resources

Active Minds On Campus – The nation’s only peer-to-peer organization dedicated to the mental health of college students. Active Minds on Campus works for mental health awareness, education, and advocacy on college campuses.

American Academy of Pediatrics - (AAP) has posted a list of resources for parents, teachers, students, schools and pediatricians. The resources address how to cope in the aftermath of a tragedy such as Virginia Tech’s, as well as topics such as violence prevention, school safety, and suicide prevention.

American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – National professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by mental health disorders. Their website includes extensive resources for families.

American Association of Suicidology - Dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. Site includes a variety of resources for survivors, including suggested books and support groups.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education and outreach to people with mood disorders and those affected by suicide.

American Psychiatric Association – Site offers mental health fact sheets, medication info, etc.

For referrals to mental health professionals, contact the American Psychiatric Association at 1-888-357-7924 or the American Psychological Association at 1-800-964-2000.

Bullying- Stop Bullying Now provides information regarding bullying, its effects, and prevention.

Calmclinic.com provides information about anxiety and depression.

Carson J. Spencer Foundation – Supports programs and services dedicated to early intervention and effective treatment for people with bipolar disorder and suicidal thinking.

Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation – Parent-led, web-based organization of families raising children diagnosed with, or at risk for, Pediatric Bipolar Disorder.  Information is provided on Pediatric Bipolar Disorder, including a variety of resources and a network of parents and experts who can help.

Children’s Grief Education Association - Navigating Children’s Grief – CGEA is dedicated to serving the needs of grieving children and families and to providing education and support to those who serve them. They may be contacted at: (303) 722-2319 or Toll-Free at (877) 722-2319 or via Email: info@childgrief.org.

Community Voices - Working to make healthcare, including mental health services, available to all.

Dual Recovery Anonymous – Support for those who have both a mental health and alcohol/substance abuse problem.

Emotions Anonymous – 12 step program, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, with weekly meetings throughout the country for the purpose of working through recovery from emotional difficulties.

Families for Depression Awareness - Helps families recognize and cope with depressive disorders. Site includes a Mood Questionnaire.

Fierce Goodbye - Faith-based perspective on suicide that resulted in the TV special, The Fierce Goodbye. Offers a multitude of resources on suicide prevention and for survivors of suicide.

Find the Light - Support group for those with anxiety or other mental health problems.

Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play - (GASP) is a national group that works to prevent deaths by the choking game.  The Jefferson County Sheriff's office has put together an informational sheet about the choking game and other risky behaviors. 

The Glendon Association - An organization whose mission is to save lives and enhance mental health by addressing the social problems of suicide, child abuse, violence, and troubled interpersonal relationships.  They conduct research and share findings through workshops, publications, and educational documentaries.

"Half of Us" - A campaign to reduce the student suicide rate, fight the stigma of mental health on college campuses and connect students and their friends to the resources and help they need.

Healthfinder - Links to government agencies, nonprofit organizations and universities.

HealthLinks – Free world-wide directory/portal service for healthcare professionals and consumers to assist in locating medical and healthcare information, resources, services, and practitioners.

The Jed Foundation - Focuses on strengthening the mental health safety net for college students.  Website includes resources for college students, parents, and colleges.

"If you are thinking about suicide...read this first" website provides helpful information for anyone having suicidal thoughts or needing information about how to help someone who may be suicidal.

Mayo Clinic Treatment Center – Information on mental health and mental illness, specific disorders and mental health treatments.

Mental Health America – Promotes mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illness through advocacy, education, research and service. Mental Health America also provide mental health information in Spanish.

Mental Health & Disability Advocacy & Information - Web links provided by Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.

Mood letter - A website that includes information about bipolar disorder, depression, and suicide. 

National Alliance for Mentally Ill – A family support and advocacy organization that includes local chapters.

National Association of School Psychologists - (NASP) represents and supports school psychology through leadership to enhance the mental health and educational competence of all children.

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare - Provides education, advocacy, and networking for community providers of mental health and addiction treatment services.

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health - Dedicated to helping children with mental health needs.

National Institute of Mental Health – Site includes detailed articles on mental health disorders and treatment.

National Mental Health Consumers Self-Help Clearing House – Helps consumers organize coalitions, establish self-help groups and other consumer-driven services, advocate for mental health reform, and fight the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illnesses.

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention - (NSSP) is sponsored by the Surgeon General and a collaborative effort of SAMHSA, CDC, NIH, NRSA, and HIS. It represents the combined work of advocates, clinicians, researchers and suicide survivors in the U.S. and includes a wide variety of helpful resources.

Obsessive Compulsive Foundation - Website offers information about OCD and related disorders, as well as OCD support groups.

President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health – Report on mental health in America ordered by President George W. Bush.

Pubmed – Site with articles and resources on mental health topics.

Rural Solutions – collaborates to address issues and create positive solutions to support the health and well being of the diverse communities in Northeast Colorado.

Samaritan Institute - A national organization promoting healing and wholeness in mind, body, spirit and community for individuals, families and organizations.  They provide affordable, professional psychological counseling and testing in numerous locations.  

SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center - Provides information about mental health via a toll-free telephone number (1-800-789-2647), their website, and more than 200 publications.

SAVE - (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) SAVE's mission is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma, and serve as a resource for those touched by suicide.

World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders - Provides Schizophrenia and Schizophrenia-related illness information.

SpeakUP ReachOut - (SURO) The mission of SURO is to prevent suicide in Eagle County (Colorado) by providing education, training and hope.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center - (SPRC) supports suicide prevention to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP). SPRC provides prevention support, training and resource materials to strengthen suicide prevention networks and is the first federally funded center of its kind.

TeenScreen – The Columbia University TeenScreen Program is a national mental health and suicide risk screening program for youth.

The Trevor Project - Assists gay/questioning youth through a 24/7 hotline (1-866-4-U-TREVOR or 1-866-488-7386).  Their website offers additional resources.

What A Difference A Friend Makes – Part of the National Anti Stigma Campaign sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) developed to encourage, educate, and inspire people between 18 and 25 to support their friends who are experiencing mental health problems; includes information about mental health illnesses and resources.

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program – Offers motivational programming, consulting, community and staff development, parent and community workshops and presentations, youth education programs, and survivor support.

 

STATISTICAL AND RESEARCH INFORMATION:

Centre for Suicide Education – Offers articles on various topics concerning suicide.

Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General – A 500 page document released on 12/13/1999 which provides an up-to-date review of scientific advances in the study of mental health and mental illness, including youth suicide.

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control - National site for suicide Information, prevention strategies, and links.

 

SURVIVOR RESOURCES:

American Association of Suicidology - Site includes a variety of resources for survivors, including suggested books and support groups located throughout the country.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers a guide, “Surviving A Suicide Loss: A Financial Guide” that includes helpful information for survivors.

For referrals to mental health professionals, contact the American Psychiatric Association at 1-888-357-7924 or the American Psychological Association at 1-800-964-2000.

The Compassionate Friends – Grief support after the death of a child; chapters throughout the country.

The Dougy Center - (The National Center for Grieving Children and Families) publishes resources for helping children and teens who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling, or friend. Call 1-503-775-5683 for assistance.

Fierce Goodbye - A faith-based perspective on suicide; offers a multitude of resources for survivors.

Friends and Families of Suicides is an e-mail support group. Contact arlynsmom@alltel.net to join.

Heartbeat Survivors After Suicide – Offers grief support after the suicide of a loved one or friend.

Parents of Suicides/Friends and Families of Suicide - Offers grief support and resources after the suicide of a loved one or friend.