Welcome to the STOPS Website 

 
DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES, IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND EACH OTHER.  CALL A FRIEND.  CHECK ON A LOVED ONE OR NEIGHBOR.  SUICIDE PREVENTION IS EVERYONE'S BUSINESS.  A SMALL GESTURE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.  DO YOUR PART.  IT COULD LITERALLY SAVE A LIFE!
 
THERE IS HELP OUT THERE.  CALL 211 IF YOU NEED TO SPEAK TO A CRISIS COUNSELOR, OR TEXT 504-777-3273 TO REACH A CRISIS COUNSELOR VIA TEXT. 
 
                                      7th Annual 5K - One Step At A Time
                        September 25, 2021 - Abita Springs Trailhead  
 
 
We regret to inform you that our 5K scheduled for September 25, 2021 has been canceled due to conditions at the Tammany Trace due to Hurricane Ida.  We are disappointed to miss another year of our annual event and plan to bring it back better than ever in 2022. 
 
 
 
 
 SOS Meetings
 
WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE RESUMED OUR SOS MEETINGS IN PERSON IN THE LARGE FELLOWSHIP ROOM ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF FBC IN MANDEVILLE, ADHERING TO SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES.  CLICK ON THE SOS TAB FOR THE MEETING SCHEDULE.
 
September Prevention Trainings 
 
Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Ida we have had to cancel our September trainings.  New dates will be posted as soon as they are determined.
 
 
REMEMBER AS WE BATTLE TO STAY HEALTHY FROM THE CORONAVIRUS, WE ALSO NEED TO MAKE OUR MENTAL HEALTH A PRIORITY!  PLEASE REACH OUT IF YOU NEED HELP.  WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! 
 
#weareallinthistogether 
 
STOPS' newest offering to our community:
 
suicideTALK
 

suicideTALK is a short exploration and awareness raising session.  It is flexible to meet the needs of each group.  SuicideTALK is aimed at all members and groups within communities.  It is practice-oriented and allows open and honest dialogue for anyone interested in attending. It can last between one and three hours with the content adapting to the needs of the group. 

By dispelling the myth that talking about suicide promotes suicidal behavior, suicideTALK provides a solid foundation for suicide prevention. It aims to reduce stigma around suicide and promote awareness within the community. It also provides an opportunity for networking among participants. 

The talk is a good starting point for those who would like to learn more about suicide and attitudes surrounding the issue. Many partipcants go on to attend an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop.

If you are interested in arranging a suicideTALK for your workplace or community group, please contact Lynette Savoie, STOPS Executive Director at stops.la@gmail.com or 985-237-5506.

 
 
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!