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Suicide: Additional Resources

CDC Resources

  • Disaster Mental Health
    CDC’s Web page on disaster mental health includes information on coping with the stress that results from natural and manmade traumatic events.
  • Suicide and Violence Prevention among Gay and Bisexual Men
    This CDC Web page provides suicide prevention resources and information for gay, bisexual, and other men who might encounter homophobia, harassment, and violent acts.
  • Mental Health
    This page provides information on all of CDC’s work related to mental health.
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
    CDC’s YRBSS monitors health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among young people in the United States, including suicide.

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Other Federal Resources

  • U.S. Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Office
    The Defense Suicide Prevention Office oversees the suicide prevention work across branches of the military.
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Suicide Prevention
    The VA provides health and mental health services to U. S. veterans. This page provides information about mental health conditions, including suicide prevention, and what veterans can do to get help.
  • Indian Health Service Suicide Prevention Program
    The American Indian and Alaska Native National Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan is a national initiative to address suicide prevention based on fostering collaborations across tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, and the entire Indian Health System.
  • National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
    The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is the public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network
    The mission of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families, and communities throughout the U.S.
  • National Institute of Mental Health
    The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the federal government’s principal biomedical and behavioral research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIMH’s mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior.
  • National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
    The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online database of mental health and substance abuse interventions, including suicide prevention.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in a national network of more than 140 crisis centers. Local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.
  • National Strategy for Suicide Prevention 2012: Goals and Objectives for Action
    The 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention is the result of a joint effort by the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. The National Strategy is a call to action that is intended to guide suicide prevention actions in the U.S. over the next decade.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Suicide Prevention Program
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the Federal agency charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses. This page also provides information on suicide prevention.
  • The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Suicide
    This document introduces a blueprint for addressing suicide: Awareness, Intervention, and Methodology (AIM). Developed in 1999, this document continues to provide a framework for suicide prevention on the basis of AIM’s 15 key evidence-based recommendations.

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Additional Online Resources

  • American Association of Suicidology
    The goal of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is to understand and prevent suicide. AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers. This organization also serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
    The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to advancing knowledge of suicide and its preventable nature. The foundation’s activities include (1) supporting research projects that further the understanding and treatment of depression and the prevention of suicide; (2) providing information and education about depression and suicide; (3) promoting professional education for the recognition and treatment of depressed and suicidal individuals; (4) publicizing the magnitude of the problems of depression and suicide and the need for research, prevention, and treatment; and (5) supporting programs for suicide survivor treatment, research, and education.
  • Institute of Medicine
    The Institute of Medicine report, “Reducing Suicide: A National Imperative” contains recommendations from its Committee on Pathophysiology and Prevention of Adolescent and Adult Suicide. The committee, examined the state of the science base, gaps in knowledge, strategies for prevention, and research designs for studying suicide. The report reflects different perspectives and levels of analyses and specifically states what decision makers need to do to advance the science and improve health and social perspectives. The report is available from the National Academy Press.
  • Jason Foundation
    The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of the “silent epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators, youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.
  • Jed Foundation
    The Jed Foundation is the nation’s leading organization working to promote emotional health and suicide prevention among college students.
  • National Council for Suicide Prevention
    The National Council for Suicide Prevention is a coalition of eight national organizations working to prevent suicide. The Council’s mission is to advance suicide prevention through leadership, advocacy and a collective voice.
  • Reporting on Suicide: Recommendations for the Media
    By informing readers and viewers about the likely causes of suicide, its warning signs, trends, rates, and recent advances in prevention, media play a powerful role in educating many audiences about suicide. This website presents recommendations to help guide media in educating readers and viewers about steps that can be taken to prevent suicide.
  • Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
    The mission of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education is to educate the public about suicide prevention, eliminate stigma, and to support those touched by suicide.
  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center
    The Suicide Prevention Resource Center supports suicide prevention by offering the best of science, skills, and practice. The center provides technical assistance, training, and informational materials to strengthen suicide prevention networks and advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
  • Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing
    This website is designed specifically for mental health professionals, substance-abuse counselors, school counselors, primary-care physicians, and psychiatric nurses who are looking for information on the development of skills in suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and advanced clinical interviewing.
  • The Trevor Project
    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.
  • World Health Organization/Report on Preventing Suicide
    Preventing suicide: A global imperative aims to increase awareness of the public health significance of suicide and suicide attempts, to make suicide prevention a higher priority on the global public health agenda, and to encourage and support countries to develop or strengthen comprehensive suicide prevention strategies in a multisector public health approach. This provides a global knowledge base on suicide and suicide attempts, as well as actionable steps for countries on the basis of their current resources and context to move forward in suicide prevention.
  • World Health Organization/World Report on Violence and Health
    This report is written primarily for researchers and practitioners. The report aims to raise global awareness about the problems of violence and to make the case that violence is preventable. Chapter 7 of the report focuses on self-directed violence.

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Need Help? Know Someone Who Does?

Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or use the online Lifeline Crisis Chat

Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Both are free and confidential. You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor in your area.

For more information, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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