Suicide Prevention

Mission Statement: Our mission is to lift the stigma, erase the shame, be aware, share hope, educate the general public, and encourage those who struggle with suicide or have lost someone to suicide through in-person and online programs and resources.

Crisis Text Line – text “START” to 741-741. Lift the Stigma; Erase the Shame; Be Aware; Share Hope; Find Your Purpose; Stop Suicide.

Vision: Our vision is to help as many people as possible know that they are not alone in their struggles and pain; whether they have battled with suicide themselves or know someone who has. There is a purpose to every human life. We want to help people realize that so they may find the drive in their own life. For those who have lost someone to suicide – we would like to help them know what stages they will go through, that they are natural, and how to find their “new normal.”

Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE National organization Compassionate Friends has a local chapter meeting the 4th Tuesday of every month at The Church of Our Saviour on Rio Rd.

This organization is specifically for parents who have experienced the death of a child of any age and any cause. For information contact the local chapter chairperson Colleen Baber, 434-977-8930, or email her at

There is also a group meeting in Charlottesville called Survivors of Suicide (for anyone who has experienced a death due to suicide.) It meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm in the education wing at Church of the Incarnation.

For information about that contact Margie Howell at 434-974-9314 or email her at Margie used to be one of the co-chairs of the local Compassionate Friends group. Here at Hospice of the Piedmont, we host a monthly support group called Remembering Our Children, for parents who have experienced the death of their child of any age. We meet the first Monday of every month from 5:30-7 pm here at the hospice office at 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville. We would appreciate if you call us ahead of time at 434-817-6915 to register but it’s ok if you just show up. Please be aware that due to the Labor Day holiday the September meeting will meet one week later. For more encouraging notes: