Our Pastoral Care Team has compiled these resources related to grief, depression and suicide prevention. Please share additional resources with Lay Minister for Caring and Wellness Linda Zack or Director of Religious Exploration Linnea Nelson.
- PRS CrisisLink: a Northern Virginia hotline bringing immediate help, hope and healing to empower individuals facing serious life challenges, suicidal thoughts, emotional or situational problems. Call 24 hours a day: 703-527-4077.
- CrisisLink Regional Textline: 703-940-0888
- National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Hotline: 1-800-950-6264
Resources for people dealing with grief
- Haven of Northern Virginia, Inc. – grief counseling, support groups and resources. 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, Virginia 22003; 703-941-7000.
- Life with Cancer – For counseling and education, programs, support groups and resources related to cancer. 8411 Pennell St., Fairfax, VA 22031; 703-206-5433.
- Capital Caring Point of Hope Counseling Services – Offers workshops, support groups and individual support.
- The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing – Groups and individual therapy for all ages on grief, loss and trauma; two offices in D.C.; fees for services.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) – They have a Survivor Outreach Program, which connects those who have lost a loved one to suicide with trained volunteers who are also suicide loss survivors. Although they don’t have a team of volunteers in NoVA, they can connect someone with a volunteer out of the area for a phone call or video chat.
- Sibling Survivors of Suicide Loss – Website devoted to supporting siblings who have sustained the loss of a sibling to suicide.
- GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing) – Provides sources of help, compassion and understanding for families or individuals who have had a loved one die due to substance abuse or addiction. Local chapter in Chantilly with monthly family support group meetings. Contact Lori Feldhausen at 540-424-4270.
- Compassionate Friends – Support groups, online support and private Facebook groups around the loss of a child. Local group in Fairfax.
- The Northern Virginia Miss Foundation – The Northern Virginia MISS (Mothers In Sympathy and Support) is a volunteer-based organization committed to providing crisis support and long-term aid to families after the loss of a pregnancy or death of a child from any cause. Monthly support groups in Fairfax and Leesburg.
- My Grief Angels – A directory of resources for grief and loss categorized by type of loss.
- AARP – Grief and loss resources and support after the death of someone for whom you were a caregiver.
Substance abuse/addiction resources
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) helpline – free, confidential, 24/7, treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
Recommended readings and resources
- Tips for Families Experiencing Traumatic Death
- Suicide Survivors Handbook
- Survivors of Suicide Factsheet
- Surviving a Sudden Death
- Suicide Loss Support Groups
- How to Say I’m Sorry
- Survivors of Suicide Handbook, on the website of the American Association of Suicidology
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers many educational and support resources. UUCF hosts a NAMI Family Support meeting on the first Thursday of each month, 7:30-9 p.m.
- The UU Trauma Response Ministry also offers this general resource page with links and readings.
- Additionally, we have a list of books about death for children and youth.
Here is our most updated list of counselors recommended by members of the UUCF community.