Here’s a list of resources in honor of National Suicide Prevention Week

Each year, 45,000 Americans die by suicide, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The AFSP wants to help reduce those numbers by hosting a National Suicide Prevention Week which will run from September 9-15, 2018.

A few ways that AFSP wants you to help out are by sharing social media messages with information for those struggling, tell your story and donate to support their mission of saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.

If you are struggling with your mental health or suicidal thoughts they encourage you to call 800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing call 800-799-4889.

To speak with someone in Spanish call 888-628-9454.

If you are a veteran in crisis call 800-273-8255 or text 838255.

If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender click here for a full list of resources.

For the disaster distress helpline call 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

For those who live in the Hampton Roads Region there are a wide variety of resources available through I Need a Lighthouse. 

To find support call one of the numbers mentioned above or visit the support page on the AFSP website.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.