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Through Prevention, Intervention and Post-intervention services, the Crisis Intervention Center, Inc. strives to reduce emotional distress, raise hope, save lives, and improve outcomes in communities through the utilization of crisis intervention and traumatic loss services.

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Suicide the Ripple Effect World Premier Screening on February 23

Join us  for the world premier screening of  Kevin Hines’ and Baton Rouge native Greg Dicharry’s inspirational documentary, Suicide, the Ripple Effect. Kevin Hines, who attempted to take his own life by jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge and survived, shares his story in an effort to spread awareness and inspire hope.

The film will be released worldwide on March 13 by Gathr Films Theatrical on Demand, but Baton Rouge is getting an exclusive first viewing at AMC Theatres at the Mall of Louisiana on Friday, February 23 from 6-9 p.m. The screening will be followed with a discussion led by Kevin himself,  along with other suicide prevention experts, on how to enhance suicide prevention efforts in Baton Rouge.

Speakers include:

Greg Dicharry- SmileStyle Entertainment, Co-Director and Co-producer of the film; Greg is a person in recovery who has led a national youth program for over 10 years.

Dr. Raymond Tucker- Board of Directors, American Association of Suicidology (AAS) Professor, Clinical Psychology Louisiana State University

Tonja Myles- Set Free, US Veteran, Radio Host, Ordained Minister and Suicide Attempt Survivor

Emma Benoit- Life Rejuvenated, High School Student, Suicide Attempt Survivor

The event is supported by: Baton Rouge Parents Magazine, Louisiana Film Society, Gordon Mckernan Injury Attorneys, Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, LSU, East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs, NAMI Baton Rouge, NAMI St. Tammany, and more.

A portion of the proceeds for this event will go to support suicide prevention efforts here at the Baton Rouge Crisis Center. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

To learn about how to obtain complimentary tickets for students or non profit organizations, or to become an event sponsor, contact screenings@suicidetherippleeffect.com

Disaster Based Trauma Training for Educators on November 28 Accepting Participants Now!

The issue of mental health in youth is a major public health concern, and schools are a prime setting for crisis intervention to take place. Especially following widespread trauma such as disasters, in which mass students require support,it is vital that mental health personnel be able to respond to these needs.

The recent traumatic events experienced by the Baton Rouge community and surrounding areas have created a more intense need for this support. Though most students are resilient after trauma exposure, those that do struggle are at risk for long term effects in their mental health.

When disaster strikes, mental health professionals in schools are responsible for seeing to the needs of students, staff, and families. Oftentimes these professionals are experiencing very similar trauma to the people they care for.

This training focuses on educating professionals in how to respond to disaster based trauma and how to develop personal coping mechanisms of their own.

Attendees will learn:

  • Identification of students needing support
  • Appropriate responses to offer to students, staff and parents who have experienced a traumatic event.
  • Community resources so those affected can move through the aftermath of a traumatic event and still function capably in the school setting.
  • Sample communication between school and families

This training will be held on November 28  at a location provided upon registration. It will serve all mental health personnel in schools in the following parishes: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.

We do have limited space and applicants registered on a first, come first served basis! To apply, Click Here!


Have You Lost Someone to Suicide? Join Us for Our Weekly SOS Group

The pain was so horrendous. I didn’t know anybody could be in that pain and live.

Every day you struggle to get out of bed and wonder, how am I going to live, hurting like this, for 5 years? 10? 50? And then in the group someone says, ‘You’re not going to have to. ‘

And one day the fog will lift. You realize that you can have tears today without pain.

And it did. “

Here at the Crisis Intervention Center, through our Traumatic Loss Services, we offer a special resource for those directly affected by suicide. This unique grief requires a special kind of support system that is oftentimes difficult to find. The psychological and emotional trauma experienced by survivors of suicide is different from any other trauma. Our founders at CIC believed that there is no better system of support for these people than from those who have experienced the same pain. The group is totally peer-facilitated by individuals who have lost their loved ones, their neighbors, their family members, and their friends to suicide and is also overseen by clinical staff who have experience in dealing with mental health and grief.

Our weekly support group is the only ongoing resource for survivors in this area. It is also unique in that it is free. We believe that everyone who requires this support should be able to receive it without the added concerns of financial barriers. All of the people of our community deserve the chance to heal after devastation, and our group has made that its mission for decades.

It’s a very sacred place. It’s very safe. I’ve said things there about how I’ve felt that I’ve never told anybody in the outside world. Because you feel safe. These are strangers. You don’t hang out or talk everyday. But they understand and there’s no judgment. And that’s what you need. You learn things that others have done that you can take away and use for the other six days in the outside.

To learn about how to join our Survivors of Suicide Support Group, please call (225) 924-1431.

Even if you have been suffering for a long time, please join us. There is no time limit on pain. 

Get Involved with CIC

Looking to give back to your community? CIC offers one of the most rewarding volunteer programs in Louisiana. We provide you with extensive education and training, to ensure you can help someone to the best of your abilities.

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Unlike many non-profits, our work limits our ability to show the faces of those who depend on us most. By being able to share stories of perseverance with others, we can continue our mission for many years to come.