• Suicide

    Educational Tools/Resources


    • AAS's Guidelines for School Based Suicide Prevention Programs (1999)
      This document sets forth a set of general guidelines for school-based suicide prevention programs, including a sample curriculum outline.
    • APA's Depression and Suicide in Older Adults Resource Guide
      This resource guide includes an annotated bibliography of pertinent journal articles, books, and reports, with links to Web sites with information for older adults and their families.
    • Workshops
      A set of online workshops on suicide prevention. Titles include: Locating, Understanding & Presenting Youth Suicide Data; Planning & Evaluation for Youth Suicide Prevention; and Suicide Prevention: An Introduction to Gatekeeping.
    • USPSTF's Screening for Depression (2002) The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force evidence-based recommendation regarding the efficacy of routine screening for depression in adults, children, and adolescents.
    • USPSTF's Screening for Suicide Risk (2004)
      The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force evidence-based recommendation regarding the efficacy of routine screening by primary care physicians to detect suicide risk.

    National Hope Line Network:

    1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). (24-hour resource for individuals with thoughts about suicide or those calling on their behalf; callers are connected to the nearest certified crisis center.)

    National Mental Health Information Center:

    1-800-789-CMHS (1-800-789-2647) or 1-866-889-2647 (tdd). (M-F 8:30am to 5pm EST providing answers to mental health questions.) To locate mental health services and resources, access the center's Mental Health Services Locator at: http://www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/databases/


    Links to Other Resources 

    • American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
      offers information about suicide prevention, research and treatment resources, and services for survivors of suicide, including a support group directory organized by state
    • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
      offers suicide information and education resources, a support group directory organized by state, and links to resources on statistics, prevention and screening, clinical information, and measurement instruments
    • MEDLINEplus: Suicide
      provides information on suicide from the National Library of Medicine
    • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
      provides a bilingual (English/Spanish) Web site offering information, support and advocacy for consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses
    • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), U.S. Dept. HHS
      offers publications and other educational resources on mental illness, help in locating mental health services, and information on clinical trials and scientific meetings
    • National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
      offers advocacy for and information on mental health issues, including fact sheets, referrals, books, pamphlets, and a confidential online depression screening test
    • National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP), U.S. Dept. HHS
      offers suicide prevention resources, including suicide facts, National Strategy for Suicide Prevention reports, state and federal activities, data collection systems, funding opportunities, and resources in Spanish
    • Screening for Mental Health
      provides coordination for nationwide mental health screening programs, including National Depression Screening Day and the SOS High School Suicide Prevention Program
    • Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPANUSA)
      offers news on current legislation and a legislative action center to support public policy advancements to prevent suicide
    • Yellow Ribbon International
      offers suicide prevention information and resources for teens and parents, and a youth suicide prevention program for schools and communities