It is time to eliminate the stigma that surrounds mental health and suicide. You have the power to create a safe space to speak up and seek out support for not only yourself, but also for those that surround you. If you are having thoughts of suicide, have lost someone to suicide, are worried about someone, or have surivied an attemppt, seek help. Make mental health a priority. Life can become overwhelming, difficult, and sometimes even scary, but it is important that you know you are not alone. There is help out there. We are here for you! 
If you need to speak with a care specialist, you can CALL VIA LINK 211 or (504) 269-2673. Teens can TEXT VIA LINK (504) 777-3273 to reach a care specialist via text. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911. If you are having a behavioral health crisis, call 988 or text TALK to 741741.   
STOPS History, Mission and Programs 
STOPS (ST. TAMMANY OUTREACH for the PREVENTION of SUICIDE) was formed as a private non-profit organization in December of 2001. The organization is comprised entirely of volunteers who are committed to providing community programs in an effort to lower the suicide rate in the parish as well as to ameliorate the sting of the loss of a loved one to suicide. St. Tammany Parish has one of the highest suicide rates in the state and is approximately 18% above the state average.

The mission of STOPS is to reduce the incidence of suicide and its devastating aftermath in our community. By fostering prevention, intervention, and postvention resources, we seek to create a community safety net for individuals and families in crisis.

STOPS also offers many programs to the citizenry of St. Tammany in an effort to decrease the loss of lives from suicide. These programs include: LOSS Team, SOS Meetings, and Training (ASIST, safeTALK, suicideTALK). Click on the menu items to learn more.

If STOPS can ever be of any service to you, your agency or organization, or if you wish to volunteer your services to STOPS, please call or write us at any time at 985-237-5506 | 427 North Theard St., Private Mail Box 500, Covington, LA 70433. | Email: stops.la@gmail.com  Click the yellow donate button if you would like to donate to STOPS.  Thank you for your generosity!