Counseling Center offers assistance for those battling with suicide, survivorship
Have you been affected by the suicide of a family member, loved one or close friend? Did you know that suicide is the second-leading cause of death between the ages of 10 and 24? What is often not discussed is that those left behind can struggle with anger, depression, guilt, confusion and many other perfectly normal feelings in the wake of such tragedy. The JCCC Counseling Center wants to reach out and let you know we can help.
If you, or someone you know, needs a person to talk to about coping in the aftermath of a loved one’s suicide, please take the time to reach out. JCCC counselors are available. Call the JCCC Counseling Center at 913-469-3809, send us an email or walk in to the second floor of the Student Center building and let us know you need to talk.
The National Suicide Lifeline is accessible at (800) 273-TALK (8255) with resources also available online.
Remember, there is hope!
"Suicide is a tragic reaction to stressful life situations — and all the more tragic because suicide can be prevented. It may seem like there's no way to solve your problems and that suicide is the only way to end the pain. But you can take steps to keep yourself safe and start enjoying your life again." - Mayo Clinic
Remember Three Important Things
- You matter and you matter to JCCC.
- If you or someone you know is having thoughts of hurting themselves, please take action and get help immediately.
- If you believe you are at risk for suicide, immediately go to the JCCC Counseling Center, JCCC Police Department, local mental health facility (such as Johnson County Mental Health) nearest hospital emergency room, call “911” or call a suicide crisis hotline.
Suicide Crisis Hotline Phone Numbers
National Suicide Hotlines
JCCC ResourcesJCCC Student Assistance Program
If you are a student, you may be referred by a JCCC counselor to our short-term student assistance program to help you with emotional or mental health issues.
We hope the links below will provide some helpful information, but they are not intended to take the place of discussing your concerns with a counselor.
This site offers an excellent source of information including a definition, warning signs and risk factors for suicide, coping strategies and support sources. It also offers specific ways one can deal with suicidal thoughts. It is a very user-friendly format.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
This site offers a national presence and connection to information on warning signs of suicide and organizations specializing in suicide prevention. It also offers a list of support groups.
At this site, viewers can see and listen to avatars based on life stories of real people who’ve dealt with suicidal issues. This is a highly interactive and contemporary site.
American Association of Suicidology
This site offers information on dealing with suicidal thoughts, warning signs and risk factors. Information is provided including a support group directory and survivor resources. Additionally, resources under "suicide attempt survivors" offer readers opportunities to order free booklets and join specialized support groups like Suicide Anonymous.
Feeling Blue: Suicide Prevention Council
This site provides information on risk factors and depression. A specialized category on effects on the family can also be found. Finally, a resource on a 12-step program called Suicide Anonymous is shared.
National Institute of Mental Health
This site offers information on how to deal with suicidal thoughts and links to information on depression. It also provides resources for friends and family members as well as highlighting issues relevant to men and boys.