Military and Veteran Families Fact Sheet

Military and Veteran Families Fact Sheet Series
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has released a Military and Veteran Families Fact Sheet Series. It includes fact sheets on child trauma and resiliencechild suicide, and youth substance use for military parents and caregivers.
Much thanks to Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC).
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Suicide Safety Plan Procedures. Everyone has a role.

Thanks to Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and NPR.
How to Help Someone at Risk of Suicide
 
A recent survey found most Americans know suicide is preventable and would like to be able to help a person at risk. But it can be hard to know what to do when a loved one is struggling. Experts offer these tips: (1) watch for the  warning signs of suicide; (2) if you notice someone is having a hard time, reach out and ask how they are doing; (3) ask directly if they are feeling suicidal; (4) ask follow-up questions to find out their level of risk; (5) if they are in crisis, stay with them and connect them with help (with their Primary Care Provider FIRST!); (6) listen and offer hope; (7) create a safety plan together (highly recommend “Just Because You’re Suicidal Doesn’t Make You Crazy” by Randi Jensen as the model for setting up a safety plan www.jsp3.org); (8) help them find a mental health professional (hopefully integrated with their Primary care Provider!); and (9) explore online supports. You do not need formal training to help someone, according to Doreen Marshall, a psychologist and vice president of programs at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “Everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention,” she said.
 
Learn more about helping someone at risk of suicide.

Why Serendipity?

It’s a funny thing, how random people and stories come together and we become aware that something more, something greater, has happened.

The very randomness of Serendipity- the happenstance of things coming together just right to create something that benefits humanity and the universe is why we chose the name Serendipity.  From its very inception, Serendipity Alliance has been a group of people from random walks of life who have stumbled upon one another and connected.

Sadly, we have all connected over one thing alone:  suicide.  Everyone who is part of Serendipity Alliance has lost a loved one to suicide or been suicidal themselves.  We recognize the danger to the fabric of society and the loss of precious lives, often the most creative and tenderest of hearts, forever gone from this place.  We also believe that suicide is preventable if we just attend to it and begin to believe.