Grief can be all consuming, and everyone works through it differently.
Here are online and local resources to look to:
The following resources are provided by Alachua County to help people in times of crisis or grief.
If you or someone you know wants or needs help, these resources are publicly available. The following information is taken directly from the Alachua County Crisis Center’s website:
The Crisis Line is a 24-hour telephone crisis intervention and counseling service offered by trained volunteers under the supervision of the Crisis Center Staff. These volunteers have successfully completed a rigorous 60 hour training program followed by a 1-3 month probationary period. Phone counselors are always available to listen to problems and participate in their solution.
Alachua County Crisis Line: 352-264-6789
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE; (1-800-784-2433)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK; (1-800-273-8255)
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
The Care Team is an emergency mobile outreach team composed of experienced, carefully selected volunteers who respond to people in crisis. The team is dispatched at the request of law enforcement, mental health providers, or concerned family and friends whenever face-to-face contact is essential. Traumatic deaths, death notifications, suicidal individuals, or highly disturbed persons are the most common situations where a Care Team response is indicated. During after-hour shifts, the Care Team is also responsible for the Center and the supervision of crisis line workers.
In order to complement our phone and emergency outreach systems, the Center offers appointment and walk-in counseling services during day time hours (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday). This short term counseling service allows continued contact for individuals in crisis and attempts to offer prevention of further emotional distress to individuals, couples and families using this service. These services are staffed by graduate level practicum and intern students, adjunct (unpaid) counselors who are often post master's level individuals seeking experience toward licensure in a mental health area, and the clinical staff of the center.
To make an appointment, call the Crisis Line (352-264-6789) or Business Line (352-264-6785) anytime.
Survivors of Suicide
The Crisis Center has responded to a growing need for service to "Survivors of Suicide," those individuals who have been impacted by the suicide death of a loved-one. Services include a monthly "SOS" group, individual counseling and a survivor's newsletter, "Solace," which is no longer in print but archived editions are available online.
The Survivors of Suicide Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 7:15 - 9:15 p.m. at the Alachua County Crisis Center. Services are delivered by professional staff, volunteers, and a number of survivors. All persons who have been touched by suicide are invited to attend support group meetings as little or as often as they wish. If you are interested in joining the group or for further information, please call Janet Greene, Training Coordinator, at 352-264-6782. Additional information about the group can be obtained on the Survivors of Suicide section of the Crisis Center’s web site.