Suicide rates across the nation have risen by more than 25% from 1999-2016.


During the same time period, the suicide rate in Missouri has risen by more than 36%.


Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for adolescents ages 15-19 years.


NIMH recognizes counseling as an effective intervention for reducing suicide risk.


The Family Support Program provides targeted, short-term counseling support to children and adolescents (ages 25 and under) who are struggling with symptoms of anxiety, depression, or suicidal ideation. CHADS licensed and provisionally-licensed counselors and social workers utilize evidence-based Brief Solution-Focused Therapy interventions to help their clients set goals, develop coping skills, and find hope for the future. CHADS clinicians are thoroughly trained in comprehensive risk assessment and safety-planning, and are uniquely qualified to address thoughts of suicide. Risk assessment and safety planning are at the forefront of every session for clients who have experienced thoughts of suicide, and referrals for additional treatment are provided when appropriate.

The counselor did such a great job helping my child. He is such a gifted man and so caring.
— Parent of Family Support Client

School-Based Counseling

The CHADS Family Support program has clinicians embedded one day per week in 33 area middle schools and high schools, including schools in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, St. Charles County, and Jefferson County. School-based services are offered free-of-charge and include both individual counseling and group interventions. Referrals for school-based counseling are made by the school counselor, social worker, or principal. Please reach out to the guidance department at your child's school to inquire about the availability of CHADS counseling within their school building.

Office Counseling

Office counseling is provided at our South County location at a subsidized rate of $25 per session, and flexible appointments are available. Office counseling consists of one-on-one sessions with the child or adolescent, with parent involvement and communication as appropriate for safety planning. Psychoeducational support groups are held at the office at various times throughout the year as well. Please call the Family Support Warm Line at 314.952.8274 between the hours of 9:00am and 5:30pm, Monday through Friday, to schedule an office appointment or for more information about Family Support services.

High School Depression and Anxiety Support Group

This group, for high school students ages 14-18, is a peer support group for those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and related issues. CHADS provides support, guidance, and resources for teens who are experiencing an emotionally difficult time. There is no out-of-pocket cost. This group is usually offered once in the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. For more information contact Greg Scheetz at

See more information about our Summer LGBTQ+ Support Group for high school teens here.

Adult Survivors of Suicide Support Group

The Survivors of Suicide Support Group is an open, peer-facilitated group for adults (age 18 and above) who have lost a loved one to suicide. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:45-8pm. Meetings are held at the CHADS South County office. For more information about this group, please call Michelle Sellers at 314.270.2917 or Kellen Wolters at 309.750.3116.

Suicide Risk Assessment Training

Licensed clinicians within the Family Support program provide a comprehensive training for counselors, educators, and other professionals who are interested in learning more about risk assessment and safety planning. The training covers risk assessment utilizing the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), access to lethal means, and creating a comprehensive safety plan. This training is a fee-for-service. Schedule this training on our schedule presentation form.


Postvention is designed to provide supportive services for students, school staff, and community members following a suicide or traumatic student death in the St. Louis area. The Postvention team is trained to provide an evidence-based response, including the following services: consultation with school staff in planning a building- or district-wide response, training workshops for parents and community members, student presentations, and debriefing sessions for students and faculty. The Postvention coordinator will work with school administrators to tailor a unique response plan that best fits the needs of the school community. Please call the Family Support Warm Line at 314.952.8274 between the hours of 9:00am and 5:30pm, Monday through Friday, for more information about Postvention services or fill out our request information form.

  • More than 80% of children and adolescents who receive counseling services through CHADS Youth Support Program experience a reduction in their symptoms of anxiety or depression.

  • More than 75% of Youth Support clients experience a reduction in thoughts of suicide.

  • More than 85% of clients gain knowledge about mental health issues.

CHADS worked with me and my family to restore a relationship between us.
— Family Support Client

Family Support Program Contact:

This warm line is available Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:30pm
Call to schedule an appointment, get more information about the Family Support Program,
or for referral information for additional mental health support.
Monitored by a licensed or provisionally-licensed clinician
Calls will be returned within 24 business hours

In crisis situations, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or 911.

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