Crisis and Suicide Intervention

When life seems hopeless or out of control, VIA LINK is here to listen and help.

We are Here for You.

Our 24/7 phone, text and chatlines are a safe space for anyone who is going through a hard time, having thoughts about suicide, or just needs to talk. Crisis Intervention Specialists are ready to listen, provide emotional support and help you develop a safety plan if necessary. Specialists are not here to judge or tell you what you should do. We understand that people are the experts in their own lives.

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Suicide Intervention

Part of VIA LINK’s suicide prevention work involves answering the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK, for four Louisiana area codes – 504, 225, 985, and 337.  These area codes comprise more than 84% of daily calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline from Louisiana.

Community Trainings

In addition to our phone, text and chatlines, VIA LINK provides the following community trainings about suicide prevention:

  • Suicide Awareness Talks: Educational trainings that can be personalized to fit your agency or group’s needs.  Topics include: the current facts and scope of suicide, how to talk to someone who may be having thoughts of suicide,education on identifying potential suicide risk factors, safety planning, and connecting to resources. For more information about this training contact Sherrard Crespo, LMSW, [email protected].
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST): A two day skill building workshop that prepares all types of caregivers to provide interventions to people at risk of suicide.  For more information contact Christa Lenz, LMSW, [email protected].  

Comprehensive Crisis Helpline Training – This training is for people who are interested in volunteering to answer calls on our crisis helpline.  It is a 70 hour training designed to fully prepare participants for situations they would encounter on the helpline. The skills learned in this training can easily be applied to other settings. For more information contact Christa Lenz, LMSW, [email protected]. 

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Grief Recovery

We also run a support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide in partnership with the Grief Recovery Center.  This free, peer facilitated group meets in Baton Rouge every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Grief Recovery Center, 4939 Jamestown Ave., Suite 101.  For information regarding the group please contact Sherrard Crespo, [email protected].

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