Welcome to the STOPS Website 

 
DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES, IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!  REMEMBER - DISTANCE, NOT DISCONNECT.  STAY CLOSE TO YOUR LOVED ONES AND REACH OUT IF YOU ARE FEELING ALONE DURING THIS TIME OF SOCIAL DISTANCING AND EVEN ISOLATION FOR SOME.  PICK UP THE PHONE.  CALL A FRIEND.  CHECK ON A LOVED ONE OR NEIGHBOR.  IF POSSIBLE, FACETIME OR ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCE TO SEE PEOPLES FACES AND HEAR THEIR VOICES.
 
**PLEASE FOLLOW ALL GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES TO KEEP SAFE AND HEALTHY.**
 
THERE IS STILL HELP OUT THERE EVEN THOUGH WE CAN'T MEET IN PERSON!  CALL 211 IF YOU NEED TO SPEAK TO A CRISIS COUNSELOR, OR TEXT 504-777-3273 TO REACH A CRISIS COUNSELOR VIA TEXT. 
 
 
 
OUR MEETINGS AND TRAININGS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL ARE CANCELED DUE TO THE SOCIAL DISTANCING MANDATE, HOWEVER, OUR SOS SUPPORT GROUP WILL MEET REMOTELY.  PLEASE CALL KAREN BERNHARDT FOR INFORMATION 504-655-1963. SHE IS ALSO AVAILABLE TO MEET BY PHONE ON A ONE-0N-ONE BASIS AS WELL.
 
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 is pleased to announce that we are now offering another program to the 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.

 
 
 
 
  
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. Please click on a link for more information or download our "Scope of Activities" for more information.

If STOPS can ever be of any service to you, your agency or organization, or if you wish to volunteer your services or to donate 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