When a friend or family member has suicidal thoughts or attempts suicide, it is a traumatic event that impacts the entire family. It is normal to feel scared, confused, or angry. If you are finding it difficult to determine whether or not your family member is at risk of suicide, seek help, and don’t wait. Families and friends play a key role in suicide prevention. This guide will help you understand how to respond to your loved ones who are in emotional distress and struggling with thoughts of suicide, as well as how to help get them the necessary support and treatment.
Research into nearly 200,000 Montana death records from the last two decades has put hard numbers to anecdotes about suicides and drug- and alcohol-related deaths during the pandemic. The report, by University of Montana School of Journalism Professor Lee Banville, is published on the American Communities Project’s website and shows that death rates significantly increased in 2020 in communities categorized as “Graying America,” “Native American Lands” and “Working Class Country.”
Middle and high schools across the country use SOS Signs of Suicide to educate students about suicide prevention and identify students in need. SOS has shown a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40-64%.
Through a video and guided discussion, students learn to identify warning signs of suicide and depression in a single class period. At the end of the session, students complete a seven-question screening for depression (anonymous or signed – the school can decide) to further encourage help-seeking and connect students at risk with trusted adults. The curriculum raises awareness about behavioral health and encourages students to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) when worried about themselves or their peers.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.
This resource gives a brief overview on conducting a suicide assessment using a five-step evaluation and triage plan. The five-step plan involves identifying risk factors and protective factors, conducting a suicide inquiry, determining risk level and interventions, and documenting a treatment plan. Download SAMHSA’s Suicide Safe mobile app on your mobile device.
Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.
The suicide rate is on the rise in the U.S. This month’s deaths of designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain gave a new urgency to suicide prevention. Gayle King spoke with five suicide attempt survivors who shared important advice with us as well as a message of hope.
WHOs approach to suicide prevention is known as LIVE LIFE (leadership, interventions, vision and evaluation). This approach is the basis on which comprehensive national suicide prevention strategies should be developed. WHO has many other resources including Preventing Suicide: How to Start a Survivors Group.
The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
National network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Chat connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat. Call 1-800-273-8255 Text MT to the number 741-741 and a Crisis Counselor will respond immediately to provide assistance.
Assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. The toolkit includes tools to implement a multifaceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students.
Suicide prevention in Wisconsin is driven by the Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Strategy (WSPS), which consists of four goals: Increase and enhance protective factors; Increase access to care for at-risk populations; Implement best practices for suicide prevention within the health care system; Improve monitoring and evaluation of suicide prevention activities. Download the GUIDE to ALTERNATIVE CONVERSATIONS GROUPS.?
Select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent suicide.
A public-private partnership that was formed to help reduce suicide in the United States. Its American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Task Force focuses on reducing suicide in AI/AN communities.
Includes toolkits, data, guides, and strategies for preventing suicide.
Facts, risk factors, warning signs, resources and suggestions for getting involved.
A series of portraits and true stories of suicide attempt survivors. Its mission is to change public attitudes about suicide for the better; to reduce prejudice and discrimination against attempt survivors; to provide comfort to those experiencing suicidality by letting them know that theyre not alone and tomorrow is possible; to give insight to those who have trouble understanding suicidality, and catharsis to those who have lost a loved one; and to be used as a teaching tool for clinicians in training, or anyone else who might benefit from a deeper understanding of first-person experiences with suicide.
Two-day, two-trainer, workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups. Family, friends, and other community members may be the first to talk with a person at risk but have little or no training. ASIST can also provide those informal helping roles with professional development to ensure that they are prepared to provide suicide first aid help as part of the care they provide.
24-hour Crisis Hotline and Referral Service, nationally accredited by Contact USA and the Alliance for Information and Referral Systems which provides referrals for human services throughout the state.