Suicide Prevention Resources
Last year the Davenport Community Schools organized an opportunity that took place at North High School to provide our families and students resources and information regarding suicide interventions. We are steadfast in our efforts to continue this outreach and will be hosting two Caring Cafes in April to address create greater awareness regarding community support for youth mental health.
We will meet in a small setting with families and students to share information on services available in our community that can help students deal with depression, mental health and suicide prevention.
It’s ok to ask for help. No matter what kind of problem you may be dealing with, whether it’s abuse, family problems, sexual orientation, illness, depression, even loneliness, there are people who care about you and want to help you find a reason to keep living. Please, click on this link, www.yellowribbon.org or call 1-800-273-8255 (press 2 for Spanish) and talk to someone.
Breaking the Silence and Stigma of Mental Illness
A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.
Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable.
Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.
Click on “YOU ARE NOT ALONE” to learn more about the Greater Mississippi NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illiness) chapter in the Quad Cities
Rick’s House of Hope is the regional center for grieving and traumatized youth, offering a wide spectrum of services. Our center, located at 5022 Northwest Blvd in Davenport, provides a cozy setting where youth of all ages find hope to face the future unafraid. A few examples of our special program offerings include:
- Grief Support Groups
- Divorce and Changing Families Support Groups
- Camp Good Grief (for bereaved youth)
- Roller Coasters Camp/the ups & downs of changing families
- Holiday Programming, and much, much more!
Do What’s Right is an interactive phone app designed to allow Davenport Citizens to anonymously report information that is seen or heard, allowing police to take action and prevent acts of violence before they happen. Anyone can use this app to report a person who may be thinking about hurting themselves. Based on the anonymous tip received, police can do a “wellness” check to ensure the person is safe, and intervene if they are not. Click on the logo below to be taken to the “Do What’s Right” webpage.
AMP: Teen Support Group: Local and Free!!! AMP is a state-wide network of youth councils made up of youth aged 13-21 who support and advocate for themselves and other youth who are currently or who have ever been in an out-of-home placement (foster, kinship, adoptive, shelter, residential, detention, homeless). AMP meetings are a time for youth to gain valuable life skills for healthy transitions into adulthood, learn about local resources, and socialize while in a supportive and well-supervised environment of youth with similar experiences. Not sure if AMP is for you…? Join us for our next meeting to find out- we are always looking for new faces and new energy! We welcome youth AND adult supports to our meetings. Questions, comments, partnering and volunteer opportunities, please contact AMP Davenport Facilitator, Megan Heffernen at DavenportAMP@gmail.com.
Bridge House Basement at the Wittenmyer Complex, 2800 Eastern Ave., Davenport, IA 52803
AMP youth are driven by the motto “Nothing about us, without us!”