Depression and Suicidal Intentions

Coming together to create a better approach to mental and behavioral health in Oklahoma

HELPFUL RESOURCES

WEBSITES

American Association of Suicidology

Founded in 1968, the American Association of Suicidology (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.

suicidology.org

America Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) provides information about suicide, support for survivors, prevention, research, and more.

afsp.org

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

This site provides information and downloadable fact sheets on depressive disorders.

bbrfoundation.org

Mental Health America

Visit Mental Health America’s site for information on mental health, getting help, and taking action.

mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-screening-tools

Depression Screening

This website is sponsored by Mental Health America as part of the Campaign for America’s Mental Health. The mission of the website is to educate people about clinical depression, offer a confidential way for people to get screened for symptoms of the illness, and guide people toward appropriate professional
help if necessary.

depression-screening.org

MoodGYM

This CBT website has been evaluated in a scientific trial and found to be effective in relieving depression symptoms if people work through it systematically. This site teaches people to use ways of thinking that will help prevent depression.

moodgym.anu.edu.au

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self- help, support and advocacy organization of individuals with mental disorders and their families. This website provides many resources on mental disorders, including depression, that are helpful for people who have experienced a mental illness and their families, including support groups, education, and training.

nami.org

National Council for Behavioral Health

To locate mental health and addictions treatment facilities in your community, use the “Find a Provider” feature on the National Council’s website.

TheNationalCouncil.org

National Institute of Mental Health

This US government site gives a wealth of up- to- date information on depression and suicide in the form of downloadable booklets and fact sheets.

nimh.nih.gov

Postpartum Support International

postpartum.net
Postpartum Support International’s (PSI’s) website receives more than 100,000 visitors a year who resource PSI for support, education, and local providers. PSI’s toll- free help line serves more than 1,000 callers a month and is staffed by a volunteer team of PSI- trained responders who rapidly refer callers to appropriate local resources, including emergency services. 800- 944- 4PPD (4773).

Progressive Relaxation

hws.edu/studentlife/counseling_relax.aspx
Two progressive relaxation tapes can be downloaded from the website of Hobart and William Smith
Colleges in Geneva, New York.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

sprc.org
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has fact sheets on suicide by state and by population characteristics, as well as on many other subjects.

BOOKS

These two self- help books based on CBT for depression have been found effective in trials:

Feeling good: the new mood therapy (revised edition). Author:  David Burns. 2008

Control your depression (revised edition). Authors: Peter M. Lewinsohn , F. Munoz and Mary A. Youngren. 1978

Other books that may be useful:

Ending the depression cycle. Authors: Peter J. Bieling and Martin M. Anton. 2003

The cognitive behavioral workbook for depression, second edition: a step- by- step program.

HELP LINES

American Psychiatric Association Answer Center

1-888-35-PSYCH (77924)

Live operators available 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Eastern time, refer you to local board- certified psychiatrists.

American Psychological Association Public Education Line

1-800-964-2000

Follow the automated instructions and press the number 1. Then an operator refers you to local board- certified psychologists.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273- TALK 8255

This hotline is available 24 hours a day. Phone calls are transferred to trained counselors in more than
130 sites nationwide. This service has a new feature for veterans. When veterans, their families, or friends call this number and press 1, they can talk to a trained, caring professional in a specialized veteran call center. Calls are free and confidential, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This feature of the hotline is a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Trevor Project

1-866-488-7186

thetrevorhotline.org
This is a free and confidential suicide prevention help line for gay and questioning youth that offers hope and someone to talk to 24 hours a day.

SUPPORT GROUPS

American Self- Help Group Clearinghouse

mentalhelp.net/selfhelp
A keyword- searchable database of 1,100 national, international, model, and online self- help support groups, including many for depression. Also listed are self- help clearinghouses world- wide, research studies, information on starting face- to- face and online groups, and a registry for persons interested in starting national or international self- help groups.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

dbsalliance.org
On the home page of this website, click on “Find Support.” You will be able to find out if a support group is meeting in your area. These are peer- led support groups. Local chapter: dbsaok.org

Mental Health Association Oklahoma

Connects people with information and resources related to mental health and provides programs and services.

Lottie House Drop-In Center: 1311 N Lottie Ave OKC, provides a friendly atmosphere for adults experiencing mental illness or homelessness. Connects individuals to peer support programs, trainings, classes, case management, resources and services.

Sunbridge Counseling: Provides counseling services for those who are uninsured or cannot pay their deductible. Individual and group counseling services available.

Call 405-943-3700 for all services mhaok.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness

nami.org
NAMI is a non- profit, grassroots, self- help, support and advocacy organization of individuals with mental disorders and their families. This website provides many resources on mental disorders, including depression, that are helpful for people who have experienced a mental illness and their families, including support groups, education, and training. On the home page, click on “Find Support.”
Local chapter: namioklahoma.org

Recovery International

lowselfhelpsystems.org
On the home page, click on “Find a Meeting” to find the next Recovery International meeting in your area. Recovery International, a Chicago- based self- help mental health organization, sponsors weekly group peer- led meetings in many communities, as well as telephone and internet- based meetings.

PODCASTS

Suicide Buddies: The show is half laughing in the face of death and half urging you to be good to yourself, because Dave and Hampton are alive, and they want you to stay alive, and they’re hoping a full hour of the world’s darkest jokes will help. Join them as they analyze one suicide in history and share their own experiences with suicide and suicidal thoughts.

Letters to My Kids: A suicide survivor’s lessons and advice for life “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” This world can be filled with challenges, failure, and darkness, but life is so much more than just survival. Hosted by a two-time suicide survivor, Letters to My Kids confronts these issues head-on through personal stories filled with humor, honesty, and realistic optimism.

Depressed Not Dead: Battling depression and suicide By jamoalki

The New Psychology of Depression: In this series, Professor Mark Williams and Dr. Danny Penman discuss the recent scientific advances that have radically altered our understanding of depression and related disorders. Also discussed is the latest treatments and therapies that are offering hope to those suffering from depression.

1, 2, Many: Veteran Suicide with Timothy Lawson This podcast tells the stories behind veteran suicide. Hear from veterans, their families, and medical professionals about this important topic.

Hilarious World of Depression: A show about clinical depression… with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society.

Mentally Ch(Ill): A humorous conversation about depression hosted by comedians Kristen Carney and Stevie Ryan. Tragically, Stevie passed away but Kristen continues to post new episodes weekly.

Depression 180 – Turn It Around: On this show, they cover a lot of the facts and myths about depression: what depression really is, what are the real reasons depression may show up in your life and go over some scientifically proven methods for eliminating depression.

Wrestling with Depression: A internet radio program hosted by comedian Marty DeRosa. The show brings on other comedians, wrestlers, and performers to talk about some of the unseen sides of entertainment. About how they deal with their own sadness, depression, or other emotions that you might not expect to hear from stage and screen personalities.

Unhinged: An in-depth look at a 30 year friendship between a man, afflicted with a lifetime of treatment-resistant depression, and his best friend, who has had to helplessly watch him battle this dreadful disease, year after year.

Giving Voice to Depression: A journalist with depression pre-produces short (7-10 minute) interview segments, and then the sister co-hosts, who both live with depression, comment on the issues presented.

Adventures with Postpartum Depression: Postpartum depression is the most common pregnancy complication but it is still highly stigmatized. All too often, moms with postpartum mood disorders feel alone and ashamed of their symptoms when in reality, thousands of moms across the world are experiencing this illness at the same time. By sharing stories, this show seeks to end the stigma.

Other information and links to the top podcasts on depression: player.fm/podcasts/Depression

Other information and links tp the top podcasts on suicide prevention: player.fm/podcasts/Teenage-Suicide-Prevention

APPS

HELP Prevent Suicide keeps its approach short and simple, with a home screen that puts the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline contact number front and center, while also providing concise warning signs of suicide ideation and guidelines for how to help and ask a friend about potentially suicidal thoughts.

Jason Foundation- A Friend Asks is a free app by the suicide prevention group Jason Foundation. It aims to teach its users how to recognize the signs that someone close to them may be thinking about suicide, and how to reach out to them proactively.

MY3 aims to keep those who are depressed or suicidal connected to your core network, asking you to choose three close contacts, such as friends, family, loved ones or your therapist, that you feel comfortable reaching out to whenever you feel down.

Suicide Safety Plan: Customize warning signs that a crisis may be developing, coping strategies for dealing with suicidal urges, places for distraction, friends and family members you can reach out to, professionals you can call, methods of making your environment safe, important reasons for living.

Stay Alive: This app is a pocket suicide prevention resource, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

Operation Reach Out is an iOS suicide prevention app aimed at veterans and military families. The app is intended to provide support for people having suicidal thoughts as well as friends, family or service members concerned that someone they know might be considering suicide.

SEESAY Teen Suicide Prevention app combines real-time crisis intervention with community and social engagement.

SafeStudents is the simplest way for students to report bullying and suicide concerns to school administrators at anytime, from anywhere, privately and securely using their own mobile device.

Just in Case provides support for students encountering a mental health crisis that may involve thoughts of suicide. Information on the app addresses these key areas of concern for students.

Moodpath is your pocket-sized mental health companion. Whether you are facing a rough patch or have concerns about your mental health, the app’s goal is to support you through the difficult times and guide you out the other side.

MoodKit is designed to help you apply effective strategies of professional psychology to your everyday life. With four integrated tools, it helps you:take action to improve your life; feel better by changing how you think; rate and chart your mood to monitor progress; and, develop self-awareness & healthy attitudes.

MoodTools is a self-help app targeting depression. It provides psychoeducation about risk factors and psychosocial approaches to treatment, a depression symptom questionnaire (PHQ-9), a thought diary, a suicide safety plan and videos such as meditation guides.

WhatsMyM3 is based on a research validated screen that in 3 minutes assesses your risk of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and PTSD.

Disclaimer: OCCHD Wellness Now does not endorse any of the books, podcasts or Apps listed in this document. They have been reported to be helpful by members or the patients that they serve. Some of them may contain explicit language or content. Please see additional information about the Podcasts and Apps by following the hyperlink provided or by visiting iTunes. They are intended to be supplemental resources and are not meant to replace professional medical or behavioral health advice or services.