Suicide prevention coalitions play a critical role in addressing the devastating impact of suicide on individuals, families, and communities. These coalitions are dedicated to raising awareness, providing support, and fostering collaboration among community members, organizations, and stakeholders to prevent suicide and promote mental health and well-being. By working together, suicide prevention coalitions can save lives and create lasting change in the communities they serve.
Suicide LOSS teams provide compassionate support and guidance to individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide. Through emotional support, crisis intervention, grief education, peer support, and resources and referrals, these dedicated professionals and volunteers help survivors navigate the complex and painful emotions that follow a suicide. By offering understanding, validation, and connection, suicide loss teams contribute to the healing process and foster resilience and hope in the lives of those they serve.
Role of a Suicide LOSS Team:
Peer support is a powerful and essential component of the recovery process for individuals facing mental health or substance use challenges. It involves people with shared experiences offering guidance, understanding, and encouragement to one another, fostering a sense of camaraderie and mutual empathy. Peer support can take various forms, including support groups, one-on-one peer mentoring, or participation in a structured peer support program. By connecting individuals who have faced similar challenges, peer support helps to break down the isolation often experienced in recovery and creates an environment where individuals can learn from each other’s experiences and insights.
The importance of peer support in the recovery community cannot be overstated. It has been shown to contribute significantly to improved mental health, increased self-esteem, and a stronger sense of belonging. Peer support also promotes the development of healthy coping strategies and practical life skills, empowering individuals to take charge of their own recovery journey. Moreover, it encourages the growth of a strong support network, which has been identified as a crucial factor in long-term recovery success. By fostering connection, understanding, and resilience, peer support plays a vital role in helping individuals overcome their challenges and embrace a fulfilling life in recovery.
If you have an interest in obtaining a peer support certification send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the notification list for the next class.
The Quick Response Team (Licking County) and the Overdose Response Team (Knox County) is a collaborative effort between local law enforcement, treatment providers, and peer support to respond to non-fatal opioid overdoses in an effort to save lives, reduce harm, and increase hope for recovery for individuals struggling with opioid addiction in our service area.
The intend of QRT/ORT is to outreach individuals in the critical hours of need following an overdose to provide compassionate and non-judgmental support to the individual and their family by connecting them to resources and treatment options. WE recognize addiction is a painful disease and that not all those struggling with this disease are ready to make the changes needed.
The QRT/ORT program is designed to support individuals and families in a way that reduces harm and increases safety, while bridging the gap from active addiction to recovery.
To access this team, individuals and family members should call 211.