FirstLink: White House Reverses Condolence Letter Policy For Families Of Service Members Lost To Suicide

The White House reversed its policy of not sending condolence letters for families of service members lost to suicide.

FirstLink is connected to a national network of crisis services and is the only call center in North Dakota who answers calls for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

FirstLink also provides additional suicide services. Since 1996, FirstLink’s Suicide Education Outreach has provided students with valuable information that may help them save their own life or the life of someone they know. Participants receive training on warning signs, risk factors and statistics. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds.

FirstLink’s Suicide Survivor’s Support Group (SSSG) was formed to help people resolve their grief and pain in their own personal way, and to help them move forward in their lives, positively and productively. Since May of 1993, SSSG has been providing support to those who have lost a loved one to suicide. The support group is offered at no charge and is not affiliated with any religious group or denomination.

FirstLink also offers Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) to the community, a 2 day workshop to train individuals to become suicide first aid caregivers.

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, please call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). For more information about FirstLink, please visit our website at

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