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CAREAPP Suicide Prevention RESOURCES

CAREAPP is a Howard County Health Department program that connects County residents to community programs and services, including resources for food, health, housing, transportation, education, employment assistance, and more.

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Programs

The Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition (HCLHIC) wants to connect Howard County community members with evidence-based mental health, suicide prevention education and stigma reduction programs. Partners including Howard County General Hospital, Grassroots Crisis Intervention, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Maryland Chapter and the Mental Health Association of Maryland are collaborating to make these programs accessible to the community.

Use the link below to access the Menta Health & Suicide Prevention Programs Flyer:


988 - Connect to Behavioral Health Crisis Services

Calling 988 will connect callers directly to the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline which encompasses all behavioral crisis services, to include all mental health and substance use (problems with drug and alcohol use).

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline replaces the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline AND expands services to cover all behavioral health crisis services.

Learn more about 988 in Maryland

Prevention Resources

Sources of Strength – Sources of Strength is an evidence-based peer leadership and suicide prevention program for high school students in Howard County. The program connects Peer Leaders with Adult Advisors who share Hope, Help, and Strength-based messages in the community.

Teen Health Matters – Teen Health Matters is a website providing information on all aspects of health for adolescents, including detailed information on suicide warning signs. Check out the Teen Health Matters podcast on Dragon Digital Radio here.

Suicide Prevention Trainings and Workshops – The Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition (HCLHIC) maintains an inventory of mental health and suicide prevention trainings in our area. Trainings and workshops are provided by Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, NAMI, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Howard County General Hospital. You can find a list of trainings and workshops here.

Emotional Support Human – Emotional Support Human provides guidance on how to reach out to loved ones and have a conversation about mental health.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) – AFSP’s website provides comprehensive guidance on how to prevent suicide, connect a loved one to help, and navigate a suicide loss.

Maryland Mind Health – Maryland Mental Health Text Message Support connects individuals with caring messages of hope and encouragement. Text MDMindHealth to 898-211 to register.



Intervention Resources

Grassroots Mobile Crisis Team – Grassroots Mobile Crisis Team is a team of mental health professionals who respond to psychiatric emergencies, family crises, and other traumatic events in the community. You can reach the Mobile Crisis Team by calling 410-531-6677 or 9-8-8

Community Services Directories – Howard County Health Department maintains a Behavioral Health Directory and other resource guides to assist residents in locating treatment options

Resources for Parents Following an Attempt – this resource guide provides information and resources to parents of individuals who have attempted suicide.

Behavioral Health Navigation – Behavioral Health Navigation connects community members with resources for mental health and substance use treatment, as well as information about social and financial supports. Call 410-313-6240 or complete the Google form here to speak with a Navigator.

Maryland Coalition of Families – MD Coalition of Families offers support groups to parents and caregivers of individuals with mental health or substance use challenges, as well as Family Navigators to assist with locating services.

NAMI Howard County – NAMI Howard County offers support groups and educational classes for individuals with mental illnesses and their loved ones.

Grassroots Mobile Crisis Team – Grassroots Mobile Crisis Team is a team of mental health professionals who respond to psychiatric emergencies, family crises, and other traumatic events in the community. You can reach the Mobile Crisis Team by calling 410-531-6677 or 9-8-8 

Postvention Resources

AFSP Healing Conversations – Healing Conversations provides peer-to-peer support for individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide.

The Compassionate Friends of Patapsco Valley – The Compassionate Friends provide grief support to individuals who have lost a child.

Now Matters Now: Self-Help Videos and Resources

Now Matters Now Self-Help Videos and Resources is a website by and for people who have survived suicidal crisis. The website features videos of suicide survivors describing activities that help them get through suicidal crises and resources like Safety Plans, Cold Water, Radical Acceptance, Problem Solving, Mindfulness, Distraction, Opposite Action, and Caring Messages. CMEs are available.

Visit Now Matter Now to watch the Skill & Support for Coping with Suicidal Thoughts Video.

Training Public Safety to Prevent Overdose in BIPOC Communities

To identify the extent of public safety-led overdose prevention efforts and corollary training for public safety personnel that are tailored for BIPOC communities, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, with support from the CDC, conducted an environmental scan consisting of a literature review, 11 key informant interviews, and two roundtable discussions with a diverse group of individuals with experience in overdose prevention, harm reduction, or public safety.

Visit National Council for Mental Wellbeing to learn more about this training.

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