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                 COUNSELOR.  Teens can TEXT 833-TXT-TEEN (833-898-8336) TO                    REACH A CRISIS COUNSELOR VIA TEXT.                           
 
 SOS Meetings
 
WE HAVE RESUMED OUR SOS MEETINGS IN PERSON IN THE LIBRARY ROOM AT FBC IN MANDEVILLE, ADHERING TO SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES.  CLICK ON THE SOS TAB FOR THE MEETING SCHEDULE.
 
November ASIST Training 
 
We are pleased to announce that we have re-scheduled our September training to November 1st and 2nd.  Please register under the trainings tab for the training, approved for 14 general CEUs by the NASW-La Chapter.
 
REMEMBER AS WE BATTLE TO STAY HEALTHY FROM THE CORONAVIRUS AND RECOVER FROM HURRICANE IDA, 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!