Foundation 2 newsletter: When someone discusses suicide online

This is the Dec. 16, 2011, newsletter from Foundation 2, one of our community partners.

Although social media can be a tool to share happy times with friends and family, it also provides an outlet to share life’s struggles and disappointments. I came across a news story about a woman who called police after an acquaintance on Facebook reported that he had killed two people and himself. That led to another news article about a man whose life was saved after friends responded to his Facebook post stating that he “wanted to end it all.”

If users are vigilant, social media can be a powerful tool to provide support and assistance to those in crisis.

If you are concerned about someone’s post online, please take a moment to assess their risk and ask them if they are talking about suicide. Trust your suspicions and gently ask direct questions about whether they are depressed or thinking about suicide. You won’t “give them the idea” of suicide just by asking honest questions. The more detailed the plan, especially with available and lethal means, the greater the immediate risk.

Facebook recently launched a tool aimed at improving safety on its site, enabling an instant chat session for someone seeking help. Here’s how it works- if you spot a suicidal thought on a friend’s page, you can report it to Facebook by clicking a link next to the comment. Then Facebook sends an email to the person who posted the comment encouraging them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or to click a link to begin a confidential chat. Crisis center staff is available 24/7 to respond to users who select the chat option. The Lifeline reports that they respond to dozens of users on Facebook each day.

You can learn more from the Facebook help center:

How do I help someone who has posted suicidal content on the site?

If you have encountered a direct threat of suicide on Facebook, please immediately contact law enforcement or a suicide hotline.

For help contacting your local suicide prevention organization, click here.

To report suicidal content to Facebook, click here.

For resources about identifying and responding to suicide warning signals, click here.

If you are concerned about the safety of someone online, please take their posting seriously and act swiftly to help. If you don’t know how to start, Foundation 2 Crisis Center staff is happy to help you brainstorm options. You can reach us 24/7 at (319) 362-2174 or 1-800-332-4224.

Together, we can save lives.

-Elisabeth Kissling



This holiday season… learn about Foundation 2 Services!

Dear Friend of Foundation 2,


Did you know that, in the United States, one person completes suicide every 15 minutes? Or that it is estimated that more than 5 million people in the United States have been directly affected by a suicide?

Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die. They just want to end the pain they are experiencing.

When suicidal intent or risk is detected early, lives can be saved.

At Foundation 2, our mission is to be a trusted, compassionate resource for people in crisis by offering counseling, safety, and support during difficult times. That’s why suicide prevention is one of our highest priorities.

During the last year Foundation 2 staff:

  • Responded to 41 crisis calls with a suicide in progress and dispatched rescue for these individuals.
  • Handled 591 contacts from people who were at moderate risk for a suicide attempt and 333 who were assessed as high risk
  • Spoke with 858 people concerned about the potential suicide risk of a family member, friend or co- worker

Your generous support of Foundation 2 programming helps us to save lives. Thank you!

Foundation 2 recently send out a holiday fundraising letter featuring a video about Foundation 2 services, which help to save lives in our community every day, 24 hours a day. You can view it here.


Gift Wrapping for AMP (Achieving Maximum Potential)

On December 20th from 5-8 PM, join Foundation 2 AMP staff and participants at Barnes and Noble in Cedar Rapids. AMP will gift wrap items purchased at Barnes and Noble for a donation which benifits programming for foster care and former foster care youth.

Learn more about AMP here.


13th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day a Success

On Saturday, November 19, 2011, Foundation 2, in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, sponsored International Survivors of Suicide Day, reaching out to those who have lost a loved one to suicide. This event had one of the largest number of participants we have experienced since hosting this event.

Thank you to Dale Chell and Dr. Gabriela Cherascu who presented as part of our experts pannel. And thank you to everyone who helped to make this event a success!

Foundation 2 strives to offer quality programs dedicated both to suicide prevention and to help those who have lost a friend or family member to suicide.


Nachos for Foundation 2

We are pleased to report a delicious way to support Foundation 2 programming. The southeast Cedar Rapids Taco John’s is donating a portion of each Nachos Navidad to Foundation 2. Every time you order this delicious treat, you are also helping Foundation 2.
Thank you, Taco John’s!

Get your nachos at:
Taco John’s #9749
(319) 393-6101
4401 1st Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

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