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"Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. While its causes are complex and determined by multiple factors, the goal of suicide prevention is simple: Reduce factors that increase risk (i.e. risk factors) and increase factors that promote resilience (i.e. protective factors). Ideally, prevention addresses all levels of influence: individual, relationship, community, and societal. Effective prevention strategies are needed to promote awareness of suicide and encourage a commitment to social change."  Center for Disease Control and Prevention

After a suicide: A toolkit for schools This toolkit is designed to assist schools in the aftermath of a suicide (or other death) in the school community.  Source:  Suicide Prevention Resource Center

American Association of Suicidology   "AAS is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services."  www.suicidology.org

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention    "AFSP is the nation’s leading organization bringing together people across communities and backgrounds to understand and prevent suicide, and to help heal the pain it causes. Individuals, families, and communities who have been personally touched by suicide are the moving force behind everything we do." 

Best Practice Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Information regarding Suicide statisticsUnderstanding Suicide Fact Sheet,   Suicide Prevention Strategies as well as "Effective and Promising Programs" and much more. 

Evidence Based Practice Registry

Los Angeles County Youth Suicide Prevention Project  The website of this project has separate sections for school administrators, school staff, parents, and students. Each section contains information sheets, videos, and other helpful resources. The website also has links to resources on a variety of at-risk populations and special issues in suicide prevention.

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and  Practices.  NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than 300 interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.   Search by setting, age, area of interest, etc.  NREPP connects members of the public to intervention developers so they can learn how to implement these approaches in their communities.

Need to Talk?   1-800-273-TALK 

OK2Talk.     "The goal of OK2TALK is to create a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space." 

Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools   Assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. Includes tools to implement a multi-faceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students.  Source:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The Role of High School Mental Health Providers in Preventing Suicide   7 page pdf flier providing facts, tips and resources for teachers.  Source:  Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The Role of High School Teachers in Preventing Suicide      8 page pdf flier providing facts, tips and resources for mental health professionals.  Source:  Suicide Prevention Resource Center

SOS, Signs of Suicide.    http://mentalhealthscreening.org/schools/index.aspx

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS)  Revised 2012–2013.  SPTS develops educational materials and training programs for teens, parents, and educators, and its website contains separate sections for each group.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center.    SPRC serves individuals, groups, and organizations that play important roles in suicide prevention: 

The Trevor Project:  Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Books and Films for LGBTQ Young People.   17 pages of resources.

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