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International

International Association for Suicide Prevention The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) is dedicated to: preventing suicidal behaviour, alleviating its effects, and providing a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis  workers, volunteers and suicide survivors.  Founded by the late Professor Erwin Ringel and Dr. Norman Farberow in 1960, IASP now includes professionals and volunteers from more than fifty different countries. IASP is a Non-Governmental Organization in official relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) concerned with suicide prevention. www.iasp.info

Suicide Information Resource Center Based in Canada, this organization has one of the largest libraries of suicide-related information.   www.siec.ca

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention "We are Canadians working to reduce suicide and its impact in Canada. We want to end the silence. We want to ease the suffering, to heal our communities and our neighbours, as we have healed ourselves. We are survivors of loss. Among us, we have lost children, parents, family member, neighbours, friends, patients. We want to end the silence and prevent others from experiencing such loss." http://www.suicideprevention.ca/

Choose Life The national strategy and action plan to prevention suicide in Scotland: http://www.chooselife.net/home/Home.asp  

LivingWorks Education Inc. LivingWorks has been helping communities become suicide-safer since 1983. Their programs are part of national, regional and organizational suicide prevention strategies around the world. Developed using Rothman’s Social R&D Model, their programs prepare community helpers to intervene and prevent suicide. These learning experiences are interactive, practical, regularly updated and customizable. Comprehensive, layered and integrated, there is a program for everyone who wants to help. www.livingworks.net  

LIFE: Living Is For Everyone Dedicated to providing the best available evidence and resources to guide activities aimed at reducing the rate at which people take their lives in Australia, the LIFE website is designed for people across the community who are involved in suicide and self-harm prevention activities.   http://www.livingisforeveryone.com.au/

World Health Organization (WHO) Suicide Prevention (SUPRE) WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicideprevent/en/

 

National

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 The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.  www.afsp.org

Suicide Prevention Resource Center The SPRC provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies. Also, provides SAMHSA suicide grant and grantee meeting information. www.sprc.org

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Suicide Prevention: The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml   

 Suicide Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention/suicide.aspx

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: public/private partnership that catalyzes planning, implementation, and accountability for updating and advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.  http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/SMA01-3517

The National Council for Suicide Prevention (NCSP) has a mission is to further effective suicide prevention through collaborative activities and information sharing in order to save lives. www.ncsp.org  

Advancing Suicide Prevention is a new and provocative publication in the health policy/social services arena. This bimonthly magazine presents issues, trends and state-of-the-science on suicide prevention from diverse perspectives and for diverse audiences. www.advancingsp.org

NOPCAS (National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide) is an organization founded by three African-American suicide survivors. Its goals are to bring suicide and depression awareness to minority communities that have historically been discounted from traditional awareness programs. www.nopcas.com

Positive Aging Resource Center (PARC) was established in 2002 as part of the Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE) initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to improve the quality of mental health care and service delivery for older adults. PARC serves as a resource to older adults and caregivers, health and social service professionals, and policy makers. www.positiveaging.org

The QPR Institute offers comprehensive suicide prevention training programs and educational and clinical materials for the general public, professionals, and institutions. Please also refer to our online training page for more information. www.qprinstitute.com

Screening for Mental Health offers organizations the tools to provide screening and education for today's most pressing mental health problems: depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol problems, generalized anxiety disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. They also offer suicide prevention programs across the lifecycle and programs that help government agencies address disaster mental health. www.mentalhealthscreening.org

Means Matter: Harvard School of Public Health Most efforts to prevent suicide focus on why people take their lives. But as we understand more about who attempts suicide and when and where and why, it becomes increasingly clear that how a person attempts--the means they use--plays a key role in whether they live or die. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/means-matter/

The Aeschi Working Group A movement for improving the therapeutic approach to the suicidal person. http://www.aeschiconference.unibe.ch/

Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide The Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide were developed by leading experts in suicide prevention and in collaboration with several international suicide prevention and public health organizations, schools of journalism, media organizations and key journalists as well as Internet safety experts. The recommendations are based on more than fifty international studies on suicide contagion. http://reportingonsuicide.org/

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 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 our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers, provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night. http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

SAVE (Suicide Awareness/Voices of Education) SAVE was one of the nation's first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide and was a co-founding member of the National Council for Suicide Prevention. Our history and growth from an all-volunteer, small grassroots group of passionate survivors led us to what is one of today's leading national not-for-profit organizations with staff dedicated to prevent suicide. This site, along with our work, is based on the foundation and belief that suicide should no longer be considered a hidden or taboo topic and that through raising awareness and educating the public, we can SAVE lives. http://www.save.org/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Suicide and Violence Prevention: For over 60 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. We are committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people.  http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/suicide/

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention: Mission Statement: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. Vision: To provide veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned, and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship. http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/

Department of Defense (DoD)/VA Suicide Outreach Resources for Suicide Prevention: The SPARRC (Suicide Prevention and Risk Reduction Committee) is committed to the mission of reducing risk and preventing suicides in the military through facilitating collaboration and coordination across DoD and with other Federal agencies.  http://www.suicideoutreach.org/

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Suicide Prevention: The mission of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is to provide hope, help, and support to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders. DBSA pursues and accomplishes this mission through peer-based, recovery-oriented, empowering services and resources when people want them, where they want them, and how they want to receive them. http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=crisis_suicide_suicide

Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA)  AFSP/SPAN USA is dedicated to preventing suicide through public education and awareness, community engagement, and federal, state and local grassroots advocacy.  http://www.spanusa.org/

Stop a Suicide Today! Developed by Harvard psychiatrist Douglas Jacobs, M.D., Stop a Suicide Today! teaches you how to recognize the signs of suicide in family members, friends and co-workers, and empowers you to make a difference in the lives of your loved ones. It emphasizes the relationship between suicide and mental illness and the notion that a key step in reducing suicide is to get those in need into mental health treatment. Moreover, Stop a Suicide Today! aims to make clear that the expression of suicidal thoughts and behaviors is to be considered a medical emergency and treated as such.  http://www.stopasuicide.org/

Suicide.org Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Support: Suicide.org is 501c3 nonprofit organization.  Our mission is to prevent suicides, support suicide survivors, and educate the public about suicide. http://www.suicide.org/

Hopeline Kristin Brooks Hope Center: Since the suicide of his wife Kristin in April 1998, KBHC Founder Reese Butler has been on a personal crusade. His mission the past 11 years has been to offer HOPE and the option to LIVE to those in the deepest emotional pain. The means to that end: the sharing of Kristin’s story, Livewithdepression.org, in an effort to offer HOPE and the message that depression is treatable and suicide is preventable. And the launching of the Kristin Brooks Hope Center and its primary program, the National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE.  http://www.hopeline.com/

Youth Suicide Prevention Resources

Active Minds on Campus Active Minds is the nation's only peer-to-peer organization dedicated to the mental health of college students. The organization serves as "the young adult voice" in mental health advocacy on more than fifty college campuses nationwide. http://www.activeminds.org/

Columbia TeenScreen Program is a national mental health and suicide risk screening program for youth. The goal of the National TeenScreen Program is to make voluntary mental health check-ups available for all American teens. TeenScreen works by assisting communities throughout the nation with developing locally operated and sustained screening programs for youth. www.teenscreen.org

The Jason Foundation, Inc. The mission of The Jason Foundation, Inc. is to help educate young people, parents, teachers, and others who work with young people about youth suicide. They offer programs, seminars and support materials to promote awareness and prevention. www.jasonfoundation.com

The Jed Foundation is a nonprofit public charity committed to reducing the youth suicide rate and improving the mental health safety net provided to college students nationwide. www.jedfoundation.org

SOS (Signs of Suicide) Suicide Prevention Program for Secondary Schools is a nationally recognized, cost-effective program of suicide prevention and depression screening for secondary school students. SOS is the only school-based suicide prevention program that has been shown to reduce suicidality in a randomized, controlled study (March 2004, American Journal of Public Health) and it is the only school-based suicide prevention program to be selected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for its Registry of Effective Programs. http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/programs/youth-prevention-programs/sos/

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program is a community-based program that uses a universal public health approach, offering workshops and services for schools, community organizations and parents. www.yellowribbon.org

Youth Suicide Prevention Program is the website for the Washington State Youth Suicide Prevention Program whose mission is to reduce teen suicide attempts and deaths in Washington State. Working toward that goal, we build public awareness, offer training, and support communities taking action.www.yspp.org

The Youth Suicide Prevention School-Based Guide is designed to provide accurate, user-friendly information. The Guide is not a program but a tool that provides a framework for schools to assess their existing or proposed suicide prevention efforts (through a series of checklists) and provides resources and information that school administrators can use to enhance or add to their existing program. http://theguide.fmhi.usf.edu/

Teen Education and Crisis Hotline A hotline that works to prevent suicide by appropriate education, intervention and referral. One of their programs is Parents Against Teen Suicide (PATS), formed to detect youth at risk and provide preventive education and intervention services for high-risk youth. http://www.teachhotline.org/

notMYkid At notMYkid, we inspire positive life choices by educating our community about the consequences of destructive youth behaviors. Young adults who have overcome life-controlling addictions and behaviors share their personal stories with middle and high school students. In an effort to promote our prevention message we educate adults on the same addictions and destructive behaviors. Our goal is to increase awareness of the challenges kids face, provide information and offer resources to support the success of students, families and educators. http://www.notmykid.org/ 

ULifeline Suicide Prevention  ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention. ULifeline is available where college students seek information the most - at their fingertips on the Internet. http://www.ulifeline.org/main/page/53/SuicidePrevention

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