compiled by Carol Loehr

suicide prevention - books - organizations - support

Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273 Talk or 1-800-273-8255

A simple phone call puts a person in crisis (or someone close to that person) in immediate touch with help at the nearest certified crisis center.

The line is staffed 24 hours a day.


My husband, Dick, and I have set up a scholarship at Purdue University (Dick and I both graduated from Purdue).

This scholarship is for a graduate student in counseling at the College of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette Campus.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support for a student who has an interest in suicide prevention through the early detection and treatment of students suffering from depression. Special emphasis should be directed towards students in the primary and secondary schools.

The symptoms of depression are known, and treatment programs which involve counseling and perhaps medicine can be effective. Often, however, severely depressed people do not seek treatment due to ignorance or due to the stigma attached to neuro-biological illnesses such as depression The intention of this scholarship is to help promote the identification and application of successful suicide prevention programs in schools. The intention is not to provide support for basic research into depression or into suicidal behaviors.

The student should have an interest in being an advocate for people dealing with depression as well as an advocate for those who have suffered a loss through suicide.




Memorial Service for Jeff Moon

This video is taken from the memorial service for Jeff Moon, a young man whose struggle with serious mental illness culminated in his death by suicide. Jeff's step-father speaks passionately and eloquently about the need to de-stigmatize serious mental illness and suicide because the victims cannot advocate for themselves. (Purdue University)

The Ganley Foundation

This video is part of The Ganley Foundation's Crusade for Awareness.
Jordan Burnham, a nineteen year old suicide attempt survivor from The National Mental Health Awareness Campaign's Speakers Bureau (, shared his experiences with depression and healing.

A question and answer period allowed students to learn more about how to recognize the symptoms of depression, how to get help for oneself or others, warning signs of suicidal behavior, challenge those stigmas that prevent proper intervention, and deliver a message of hope. 


I have created a wristband through
The text "PREVENT SUICIDE = TREAT DEPRESSION" was designed by my daughter Cindy.

Please E-mail me (Carol) with your order, In your E-mail please include your mailing address and how many wristbands you would like. Erase the stigma of suicide and bring about awareness, please wear one of our wristbands!


Compiled by Carol Loehr

Against Depression
Peter D. Kramer

A Fork in The Road: My Story of Suicide and Survival
Donna Simmons

After Suicide
John Hewitt

After Suicide Loss: Coping With Your Grief
Bob Baugher Ph.D and Jack Jordan, Ph.D.

After the Death of a Child
Ann K. Finkbeiner

An Unquiet Mind
Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.

But I Didn’t Say Goodbye
Barbara Rubel

Chasing Death: Losing a Child to Suicide
Jan Anderson

Darkness Visible
William Styron

Healing After Suicide of a Loved One
Ann Smolin and John Guinana, Ph.D.

Lament For a Son
Nicholas Wolterstorff

Losing a Child
Linda Hurcombe

Night Falls Fast
Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.

No Time to Say Goodbye
Carla Fine

Passing Reflections, Vol. 1 (Collection of Poems)
Kristen Spexarth -
A journal of the first two years after losing my eldest son, Colby to suicide. Mostly made
of poems which came to me day after day, the books are a manifestation of my grief process

Standing Beside You: A Book for Bereaved Parents
Linda K. Maurer

Suicide Why?
Adina Wrobleski

The Suicidal Mind
Edwin Shneidman

Touched By Fire
Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.

Child and Adolescent Books
My Uncle Keith Died
Carol Loehr

Trafford Publishing or call Toll Free (888)232-4444; and

Eight Stories Up
An Adolescent Chooses Hope Over Suicide
Dequincy A. Lezine PH. D. With David Brent, M. D.

An Empty Chair: Living in the Wake of a Sibling’s Suicide
Sara Swan Miller and Martin B. Miller

Teen Grief Relief
Dr. Heidi Horsley and Dr. Gloria Horsley


Healing the Grieving Heart
VoiceAmericaHealth - Live Internet Talk Radio

A web-radio series by Drs. Gloria & Heidi Horsley
This show is dedicated to The Compassionate Friends and
families that have experienced the death of a child.

May 17, 2010
Guest: Carol Loehr
Finding Healing and Hope After Traumatic Loss

October 6, 2005: Honoring a Child Who Died by Suicide
Guest: Carol Loehr
MP3 Link

August 16, 2007: Talking to Children About Suicide
Guest: Carol Loehr
MP3 Link

Ivanhoe Broacast News
Ivanhoe's Medical Breakthroughs  
Carol Loehr was interviewed by Ivanhoe in December, 2008.

A link to the video: Suicides Up 19 Percent: - Topix

The Open to Hope Foundation
This foundation offers resources and hope for anyone dealing with a significant loss.



AFSP American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

All across the United States the AFSP provide a safe
place where survivors can share experiences and
support each other during their healing process.
Almost all groups are facilitated by suicide survivors,
or professionals. Each year, AFSP holds survivor
conferences in participating communities throughout
the country on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Families for Depression Awareness

A Web Site that has resources to help family members deal with depression

The Ganley Foundation
A non-profit organization, which was created in memory of Jimmy Ganley
who died by suicide due to undiagnosed depression.

The Crusade for Awareness was created to promote mental health by
educating youth and their parents about the signs of depression..
Our school and community presentations provide factual and
practical information to help youth recognize the signs of depression
in themselves and their peers.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
NAMI seeks to educate the public on mental illness
and is an advocate of the mentally ill by bringing
their problems to the attention of local, state and
Federal governments, and they seek to further

A publication of the LOSS program of Catholic Charities
A Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide

"It contains the writings of Father Rubey and other survivors
and survivor-related issues.This is a record of our struggles,
our battle to survive. It represents the support that we gain
from meeting with other survivors so that we are not alone
on our journey of grief. As we gain strength, the grief tapers
off. Our spirits rise and we are able to look up again,
to have hope for the future." (from the Obelisk publication)

SA/VE-Suicide Awareness/Voices of Education
This is an organization dedicated to educating the
public about suicide and suicide prevention.

This foundation offers resources and hope for anyone dealing with a significant loss.

SPAN USA is the nation's only suicide prevention
organization dedicated to leveraging grassroots
support among suicide survivors and others to advance
public policies that prevent suicide.

Suicide:  it claims good people
Our mission is to bring awareness to the enormity of suicide in our world.
Fear keeps us in darkness.  Now is the time to talk about it, openly and
honestly. It may be uncomfortable, and at times, difficult to talk about.