Suicide Prevention Awareness

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now:

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone accross the United States starting on July 16, 2022.

As many as one third of the people in Kentucky, suffer devastating and long lasting emotional trauma when a family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor or classmate dies as a result of suicide.

This is not just a Kentucky problem, but a national one. Each year nearly 30,000 people in the United States die by suicide. The devastated family and friends they leave behind are known as “survivors.” There are millions of survivors who are trying to cope with this heartbreaking loss.

Survivors often experience a wide range of grief reactions, including some or all of the following:

  • Shock is a common immediate reaction.
    You may feel numb or disoriented, and may have trouble concentrating.
  • Symptoms of depression, including disturbed sleep, loss of appetite intense sadness, and lack of energy.
  • Anger towards the deceased, another family member, a therapist, or yourself.
  • Relief, particularly if the suicide followed a long and difficult mental illness.
  • Guilt, including thinking, “If only I had.…”

These feelings usually diminish over time, as you develop your ability to cope and begin to heal.

Just as people can die of heart disease or cancer, people can die as a consequence of mental illness. Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death (most often depression or bipolar disorder).

Suicide is almost always complicated, resulting from a combination of painful suffering, desperate hopelessness, and underlying psychiatric illness.

Below is a map of the 14 Mental Health Regions along with the designated numbers of currently known trainers in those regions. As we continue to build communication and cohesion, we hope to be able to track the number of trainings in each region so we can better support and facilitate the spread of QPR. QPR Trainers can get more information by sending a message to:

Map Key

1. Four Rivers

2. Pennroyal

3. River Valley

4. Life Skills

5. Communicare

6. Seven Counties

7. North Key

8. Comprehend

9, 10. Pathways

11. Mountain

12. Kentucky River

13. Cumberland River

14. Adanta

15. Bluegrass

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