The Hub: Behavioral Health Action Organization for Southwestern CT
A division of the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP)
Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Connecticut and the
2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-34 in the state.
Every person can save a life. Learn how.
No matter which number you call, help is available.
Text HELLO to 741741
Know the Warning Signs & What to Do
If you believe someone is in immediate danger or harming themselves or others, call 911.
If you are concerned someone may be suicidal, #BeThe1To:
ASK: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.
KEEP THEM SAFE: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.
BE THERE: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Research suggests acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.
HELP THEM CONNECT: Save the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number (call or text 988) and the Crisis Text Line number (741741) in your phone so they’re there if you need them. You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.
STAY CONNECTED: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.
New Regional Peer Run Support Group:
Alternatives to Suicide
Weekly on Tuesdays at 7 PM
In Person (Westport)
To join an online group or learn about CT's emerging network, visit toivocenter.org/alternatives-to-suicide/ and rockingrecovery.org/alternatives-to-suicide-on-zoom/
Twice a month, The Hub offers Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training. In this 1.5 hour virtual suicide gatekeeping training, you will learn how to get help for yourself, learn more about preventing suicide, common causes of suicidal behavior, warning signs of suicide and how to get help for someone in crisis. If you would like to arrange for a QPR training at your business, email us to schedule.
Learn more about other types of trainings available.
Downloadable Prevention Resources:
#RealConvo guides from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Infographic prepared for CT Prevention Week 2020
Addressing a Crisis: Cross-Sector Strategies to Prevent Adolescent Substance Use and Suicide Report (10/2019)
Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices
Treatment for Suicidal Ideation, Self-harm, and Suicide Attempts Among Youth
Universal Suicide Risk Screening: a strategy to save children’s lives