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Section 5: General Resources on Suicide and Suicide Prevention

  • American Association of Suicidology is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. It promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers and serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to advancing our knowledge of suicide and our ability to prevent it. AFSP’s activities include supporting research projects; providing information and education about depression and suicide; promoting professional education for the recognition and treatment of depressed and suicidal individuals; publicizing the magnitude of the problems of depression and suicide and the need for research, prevention, and treatment; and supporting programs for suicide survivor treatment, research, and education.

  • Communities that Care is a coalition-based community prevention operating system that uses a public health approach to prevent youth problem behaviors such as violence, delinquency, school dropout and substance abuse.

  • The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN brings together students, educators, families and other community members to reform America’s educational system.

  • Indian Health Service Injury Prevention Program Website seeks to raise the health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest possible level by decreasing the incidence of severe injuries and death to the lowest possible level and increasing the ability of tribes to address their injury problems.

  • The Maine Suicide Prevention Program (MSPP) is a collaborative initiative among several state agencies including the Departments of Health and Human Services; Education; Corrections; Labor; and Public Safety. The program goals are to: Increase public awareness about suicide prevention; reduce the incidence of suicide behavior among Maine youth aged 10-24; and improve youth access to appropriate prevention and intervention services.

    Resource Sheets from the Maine Suicide Prevention Program:
  1. American Indian (pdf*)
  2. Bullying (pdf*)
  3. Clergy (pdf*)
  4. College (pdf*)
  5. Cyber-bullying (pdf*)
  6. Elderly (pdf*)
  7. Police (pdf*)
  8. Postvention (pdf*)
  9. School Personnel (pdf*)
  10. Veterans (pdf*)
  11. GLBT (pdf*)
  12. GLBTQ- Rainbow Brick Road (pdf*)
  13. GLBTQ- Creating Safer Spaces (pdf*)
  14. GLBTQ- Be The Change You Wish To See (pdf*)
  15. GLBTQ- Safe Zone Poster (pdf*)

  • National Center for Injury Prevention and Control located at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a valuable source of information and statistics about suicide, suicide risk, and suicide prevention. To locate information on suicide and suicide prevention, scroll down the left-hand navigation bar on the NCIPC website and click on "Suicide" under the "Violence" heading.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides immediate assistance to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider through a toll-free telephone number: (800) 273-TALK (8255). Technical assistance, training, and other resources are available to the crisis centers and mental health service providers that participate in the network of services linked to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

  • Suicide Prevention Action Network USA is the nation’s only suicide prevention organization dedicated to leveraging grassroots support among suicide survivors (those who have lost a loved one to suicide) and others to advance public policies that help prevent suicide.

  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center provides prevention support, training, and materials to strengthen suicide prevention efforts. Among the resources found on its website is the SPRC Library Catalog, a searchable database containing a wealth of information on suicide and suicide prevention, including publications, peer-reviewed research studies, curricula, and web-based resources. Many of these items are available online.  

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has several links and resources for special populations on its website, including:

  1. http://www.sprc.org/links/spoplinks.asp
  2. http://www2.sprc.org/aian/index - for AI/AN suicide prevention

  • The Trevor Project is a national organization with a focus on crisis and suicide prevention among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. It provides a toll-free crisis phone line, an online social networking community for LGBTQ youth and their friends and allies, educational programs for schools, and advocacy initiatives.

  • Youth Suicide Prevention Program is an organization whose mission is to reduce youth suicide attempts and deaths in Washington State. Working toward that goal, YSPP builds public awareness, offers trainings, and supports communities taking action.

Other Helpful Websites:

Media Guides

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