Suicide Prevention

HOPELINE   Text “HOPELINE” to 741741

  • HOPELINE’s purpose is to offer emotional support and resources before situations rise to crisis level. Texts received reflect struggles with breakups, job loss, bullying, LGBTQ issues, parental issues, school, friends, relationship issues or any struggle a person is experiencing.

Apps to Download 

If you Personally Need Help -

  • Virtual Hope Box - This contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. You create your own personal virtual box.
  • Stay Alive - This is geared toward people who may think of committing suicide, as well as friends and family who may want to help. The app comes loaded with resources, including a customizable "My Safety Plan" of actions, places and people that can help calm you down when you're feeling suicidal, a Lifebox that you can fill with your personal inspirational photos and access to breathing exercises and grounding techniques.

  • My3 - is an App that helps you feel grounded when you are suicidal.  You create your own  network of support system and safety plan.

  • Operation Reach Out- This is focused for military personnel and their families.


Phone Apps If You Need Information to Help Someone Else - 

  • Suicide Crisis Support - This app is the QPR Booklet in App form which will give you warning signs, what to do and where to get help if a friend or family member is suicidal.
  •  A Friend Ask - This App gives warning signs of suicide and step by step instructions of what you should do if you feel a friend is suicidal.

Risk Factors


Warning signs

Schedule a QPR training at your workplace, church, school, club or neighborhood

Suicide Prevention Coalition of Iowa County offers a free QPR (Question Persuade Refer) training where participants learn the warning signs for suicide, how to offer hope, and how to seek help to save a life.

QPR is CPR for Suicide Prevention. QPR stands for:

  • Question the person about suicide
  • Persuade the person to get help
  • Refer them for help

Glossary of Suicide Terms

History of Suicide Prevention Memorial Ribbon Colors   

"The purple and turquoise Suicide Prevention Ribbon symbolizes suicide awareness and prevention."

The idea of using purple and turquoise stems from conversations between Sandy Martin, founder of the Lifekeeper Quilts, and Michelle Linn-Gust, President of AAS. Ms. Martin pointed out that every cause had a colored ribbon except suicide prevention. Because many causes already have a color, the decision was made to go with two. Purple and turquoise are both healing colors. The color combination stands for survivors of suicide and suicide itself. The ribbon serves as a reminder that suicide is an issue we need to talk about. The Suicide Prevention Ribbon’s first appearance was at the AAS Annual Conference in Santa Fe in 2003, and has been used in various conferences and suicide events since.

Resource: American Association of Suicidology

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