ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - Alachua County Community Support Services’ Crisis Center is reminding the community that suicide is a significant public health issue. It is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the numbers are increasing. If you or someone you know is struggling with issues of loss or isolation, with feelings of hopeless or depression or thoughts of suicide, please call 352-264-6789 or 1-800-273-TALK. There is always someone there to listen.
The Crisis Center is available to help 24 hours a day. They provide support to anyone in emotional distress or anyone who might be concerned for a loved one. All resources provided through the Crisis Center are free. They strongly encourage anyone who is concerned about themselves or someone else to reach out for help.
Watch a 30 second public service announcement about suicide prevention.
In addition to the 24 hour hotline, the Crisis Center offers individual, couples, and family counseling services free of charge. To make an appointment, call 352-264-6789.
The Crisis Center also offers a variety of services and information specific to those who have lost a loved one to suicide. The Survivors of Suicide Support Group meets at the Crisis Center on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m. It is open to anyone in the community who has experienced the death by suicide of a loved one, family member or friend. Suicide is like no other death and this group provides a safe space that offers comfort, support, and information. Those with questions about the group should contact Jan Greene at 352-264-6782.
For those interested in getting involved, the Crisis Center provides training three times a year for interested people to become phone counselors. Applications can be found on the AlachuaCounty Crisis Center Volunteer Webpage. The next class will begin in May. The classes teach listening, paraphrasing and crisis intervention skills. For more information, contact Jan Greene at 352-264-6782.
The Crisis Center’s commitment to the community extends beyond its direct service to individuals in need. Each year the Crisis Center conducts workshops, lectures, consultation and other educational programs to churches, schools, hospitals, businesses and civic organizations. To schedule a presentation, call 352-264-6785.