Suicide Anonymous (SA) is a 12-step group for people seeking recovery from suicidal thoughts. There are two groups in the South Jersey area. One is at the Starting Point counseling center in Westmont, NJ. The other is at Hampton Behavioral Health Center in Westampton, NJ (Burlington county). The program is patterned after the 12 step group started in 1996 by psychiatrist, Dr. Kenneth Tullis. Dr. Tullis suffered from his own suicidal thoughts and wanted to find a way to provide help and support for people.
SA is not a crisis center or professional counseling place. Rather it is a place where members can share and talk about their personal feelings. The group’s members are smart, articulate and caring. But they’re also deeply sad and troubled by their feelings.
It’s a relief for them to talk to people who understand without having to explain themselves. SA helps it’s members cope with their thoughts. One man said, “I would not have attempted it (his own death) if I’d had SA.” SA members’ ages could range anywhere from their 20’s to 50’s.
Starting Point Counseling Center: SA support group called “Grateful Blossom”
215 Highland Avenue
Suite C, Room 25
Westmont, NJ 08108
Hampton Behavioral Health Center: (in cafeteria) SA support group called “Rise Above”
650 Rancocas Road
Westhampton, NJ 08060