As hopeless as you may feel right now, suicide is not your only option. You arrived at this page because thankfully, you were willing to take one more step toward exploring other choices. That was a good decision. With compassionate hearts and an established support program, our specially trained team is here to help you find solutions and begin building better tomorrows.
If you need help immediately, please call the appropriate number below. Or, take some time to read more about the benefits of the LINK to LIFE program, including stories about real people it has already helped. You can indeed ease your pain and find a life worth living.
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LINK to LIFE is a FREE program designed to help adults like you – people who are simply going through a difficult time and could benefit from professional support, especially those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. If you are a Duval County resident who is at least 25 years old and have been considering suicide, you can be referred by a medical professional or refer yourself. If you don’t meet those qualifications, don’t worry; you can still find help by calling our 24/7 Access to Care hotline at 877-229-9098.
Once you are in crisis, it can be difficult to see how things will ever improve. But you are not alone. The LINK to LIFE team is here to help guide you through this difficult time and ideally help you feel better in all areas of your life. Here’s how it works:
David felt hopeless. He had a history of very painful experiences weighing him down, including a childhood sexual abuse, gang association, conflicted relationships, and substance use. He had also been incarcerated before and had flashbacks from community violence he encountered, which often led to impulsive actions or angry outbursts. Despite trying active therapy for years, he continued to struggle, especially with the added stress of COVID-19 and feeling like he couldn’t provide for his family. He had already attempted suicide five times and he felt himself getting overwhelmed and actively planning suicide again. Fortunately, he connected with LINK to LIFE, and things began to change for the better. He was paired with one of the program’s Care Coordinators who helped him develop and utilize a safety plan. Over the course of 90 days, the two worked together to significantly reduce his stress, psychological pain, and feelings of hopelessness and take suicide off the table.
“They don’t have programs and places like this everywhere, this place really changed my life.”
Michelle was not only severely depressed, but also facing extreme anxiety. She had just broken up with her fiancé who was incarcerated for child pornography just weeks before their wedding. This already upsetting situation was intensified because she had been sexually assaulted as a child and had kept it to herself, never facing or resolving the experience. She found relief by working with LINK to LIFE care coordinator. The coordinator connected her with medication management support and engaged in a series of home visits where she helped Michelle talk about her past trauma. This not only helped Michelle heal, but in finally opening up to her mother and sisters, her sisters were also able to end the silence about their similar abuse and get help. After 60 days in the program, Michelle reported feeling significantly better, relocated from her ex-fiancé’s house and started a job she loves at a pediatric medical facility.
“The progress and strength she has shown for herself, and her family is admirable.”
-Suicide Prevention Team Care Coordinator
The LINK to LIFE program is a Mental Health Resource Center (MHRC) program that’s funded by Lutheran Services of Florida and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It has become even more relevant and necessary with the enduring challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.