Suicide Prevention Resources

The following resources were compiled to support health centers as they provide quality health care to patients at risk for suicide. The organizations featured provide up-to-date reports and information, relevant trainings, and community-specific information. If you utilize any resources beneficial for supporting suicide prevention that are not included on this page, please feel free to share those by contacting the CHAMPS Clinical Quality Improvement Director.

Please visit the CHAMPS Disease/Condition Specific Resources webpage for more information on specific clinical conditions. For general resources on Behavioral Health, please visit the CHAMPS Behavioral Health Resources webpage.

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Fact Sheets, Reports, and Statistics
Health Care Provider Resources
Education and Training
General Resources
Special Topics:

FACT SHEETS, REPORTS, AND STATISTICS

Academic Pediatrics (2021)
An overview of the development of implementing a suicide-screening method into pediatric primary care.
Implementing Suicide Risk Screening in a Pediatric Primary Care Setting: From Research to Practice

Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2021)
A letter to the editor discussing the results of lower age suicide risk screening and implementation plans.
Lowering the Age Limit in Suicide Risk Screening: Clinical Differences and Screening Form Predictive Ability

Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (2021)
A description of the implementation of suicide risk screening in neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) and describe the results of screenings and influential factors.
Suicide Risk Screening in Pediatric Outpatient Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Clinics

Official Journal of the Medical Care Section, Public Health Association (2021)
Summary report on the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) suicide prevention strategies for veterans experiencing homelessness.
Preventing Suicide Among Homeless Veterans: A Consensus Statement by the Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Among Veterans Experience Homelessness Workgroup

Psychiatry Online (2021)
A study evaluating the impact of the Zero Suicide (ZS) organizational practices related to suicidal behaviors.
The Relationship Between Suicidal Behaviors and Zero Suicide Organizational Best Practices in Outpatient Mental Health Clinics

SAGE Journals (2021)
Community-based suicide prevention interventions for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN).
Sustaining Suicide Prevention Programs in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities and Tribal Health Centers

Social Science and Medicine (2019)
Evaluation of the process and preliminary outcomes of Promoting Community Conversation About Research to End Suicide (PC CARES) in remote and rural Alaskan communities.
Community Mobilization for Rural Suicide Prevention: Process, Learning and Behavioral Outcomes from Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide (PC CARES) in Northwest Alaska

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior (2018)
A study examining the impacts and perceptions of behavioral health provider practices and trainings.
Associations of Suicide Prevention Trainings with Practices and Confidence among Clinicians at Community Mental Health Centers

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease (2020)
A qualitative study examining stigma as a barrier for the implementation of suicide prevention programs in rural communities.
“We’re Afraid to say Suicide”: Stigma as a Barrier to Implementing a Community-Based Suicide Prevention Program for Rural Veterans

Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) (2022) 
An issue report outlining the death rate related to drug and suicide in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pain in the Nation: The Epidemics of Alcohol, Drug, and Suicide Deaths 2022

HEALTH CARE PROVIDER RESOURCES

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) and Centene Corporation
A guide of evidence-based approaches to suicide prevention in primary care.
Health Center Excellence: Essential Steps in Integrating Suicide Prevention in Primary Care & Supporting Healthcare Teams

Guidance on the four core components of how health care professionals can implement suicide prevention strategies.
Suicide Safer Care

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
Education, partnerships, patient management, state resources, and self-care tools for primary care providers.
Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Care Practices

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
An outline of best practices for individuals with suicide risk during care transitions.
Best Practices in Care Transitions for Individuals with Suicide Risk

A care plan outline for individuals with suicide risk during care transitions.
Outpatient Care Transitions Action Planning Template

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
A toolkit outlining the Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) method including four brief screening questions for both adolescents and adults.
Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) Toolkit

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Tips for communicating with patients, patient assessment, and resources for providers caring for patients and their family.
A Guide for Medical Providers in the Emergency Department Taking Care of Suicide Attempt Survivors

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
Strategies, programs, and practices to implement in suicide prevention planning.
A Comprehensive Approach to Suicide Prevention

A guide for community needs assessment processes and worksheets to evaluate current resources.
Assessing Community Suicide Prevention Needs: A Workbook for State Coordinators

Poster, evaluation/triage guide, and planning resources for providers.
“Is Your Patient Suicidal?” Emergency Department Poster, Instructions, and Clinical Guide

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
Abbreviated guide for suicide and crisis safety planning targeted for providers.
Safety Planning Guide

Zero Suicide Institute
A forum for executives, providers, researchers, and advocates to discuss Zero Suicide (ZS), connect with other members, share resources, and receive feedback.
Zero Suicide Listserv

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Bureau of Primary Health Care Behavioral Health Technical Assistance
An interactive workshop addressing suicidality in men in America, suicide care management in practice, and evidence-based treatment for suicide. This event was held virtually on July 15, 2022.
Depression and Suicidality Among Men

LivingWorks
An evidence-based workshop leading the field on identifying signs, practicing intervention, and developing safety plans for individuals at risk for suicide. There is a cost to attend this training.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Mental Health First Aid
Training course to address common mental health concerns faced by adults, reduce stigma, and outline strategies to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health and substance abuse issues.
Mental Health First Aid for Adults

Training course for family, teachers, and peers to help adolescents facing mental health or addiction challenges.
Youth Mental Health First Aid

Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (Mountain Plains MHTTC)
An examination of the nature of stigma, how to talk about it, and strategies to address it in the field of mental health.
Addressing the Role Stigma Plays in Death by Suicide; HHS Region 8

A series of webinars including a cultural understanding of rural communities, polysubstance use, and telehealth.
Improving Mental Health Health Service Access for Farming and Rural Communities

A webinar of field experts discussing different perspectives on prevention of youth suicide.
Perspectives on Youth Suicide Prevention: Equity-based Options

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Institute
The QPR program provides innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training for individuals and organizations.
QPR Online Gatekeeper Training

Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA)
A brief, free training geared towards community members to identify warning signs, have conversations about suicide, and find further support.
Suicide Awareness Training

Zero Suicide (ZS)
A self-paced course for healthcare professionals to conduct screening, assessment, and brief interventions to prevent suicide.
Preventing Suicide in Emergency Departments

GENERAL RESOURCES 

Man Therapy
A resource designed to provide mental health care and connections to men through humor and relatable content. 
Man Therapy

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL)
A national network of local crisis centers committed to advancing suicide prevention, professional best practices, and building awareness.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Suicide prevention resource page for Region VIII including funding opportunities, technical assistance centers, and director contacts.
National and Region VIII Resources

988 suicide and crisis line available 24/7. See the homepage for toolkits, information, and more resources.
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
Find programs and best practices that address different target communities.
Finding Programs and Practices

An outlined approach to determine specific problems and populations on which to focus, and to help identify and to prioritize activities that prevent suicide.
Strategic Planning

Zero Suicide Institute
A regularly updated, in-depth toolkit outlining the core components of suicide prevention: lead, train, identify, engage, treat, transition, and improve.
Zero Suicide Toolkit

SPECIAL TOPICS:

ADOLESCENT RESOURCES

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Source page of toolkits for caregivers and clinicians working regarding topics of suicide prevention, gun safety, and motivational interviewing techniques.
Suicide Prevention Campaign Toolkit

A curation of resources to support pediatric health clinicians and other health professionals in identifying strategies to support youth at risk for suicide.
Suicide: Blueprint for Youth Suicide Prevention 

Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
A blog site for parents, coaches, and teens discussing mental wellness and topics surrounding teens’ issues.
AASP Blog for Athletes, Coaches, and Parents

Chatsafe and Orygen
Guidelines developed in partnership with young people to provide support to those responding to suicide-related content or those who may want to share their experiences with suicide online.
A Young Person’s Guide for Communicating Safely Online about Suicide

Doc Wayne
A sports-based group therapy program for adolescents with trauma-informed programs and community.
Chalk Talk

National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation (NIHCM)
Infographic and data insights reflecting research on LGBTQ youth’s mental health.
Trauma and Suicide Risk Among LGBTQ Youth

Seize the Awkward
Tools and conversation guides geared towards adolescents addressing mental health and supportive conversations.
Seize the Awkward

Sources of Strength
A wellness program focused on suicide prevention through a relational connections model using teams of peer mentorship and encouraging students to address their strengths.
Sources of Strength

The Jed Foundation
A toolkit and conversation guide for talking to teens about mental health in a sensitive and supportive way.
What to do if You’re Concerned About Your Teen’s Mental Health

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
A resource guide for adolescent reactions to traumatic events and how parents and adults can support them.
Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event

A guide for parents to help their children after a shooting, reactions children may have, and self-care tips after an event.
Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Recent Shooting

INDIGENOUS RESOURCES

Indian Health Service (IHS)
Resource page discussing warning signs and risk factors, communication strategies, provider resources, and community crisis response programs focused on the needs of Indigenous communities.
Suicide Prevention and Care Program

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Informational page discussing risk identification, community action, and building suicide prevention programs in Indigenous communities.
Suicide Prevention in Indigenous Communities

National Indian Health Board (NIHB)
Fourteen Healthy Indian Country Initiative Tribal grantees’ prevention projects/programs including suicide prevention programs.
Healthy Indian Country Initiative Promising Prevention Practices Resource Guides

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
Response statement regarding the federal report on use of Indian Boarding Schools, including resources and culturally sensitive suicide prevention interventions.
Joint Statement from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention about New Federal Report on Use of Indian Boarding Schools

OLDER ADULT AND SENIOR RESOURCES

National Council on Aging (NCOA)
A brief article discussing suicide in older adults, warning signs, and support tactics.
Suicide in Older Adults: What You Should Know

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
A toolkit for senior centers to integrate suicide prevention into activities that support wellbeing.
Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
An outline discussing suicide prevention in senior living communities including key steps and risk factors.
The Role of Senior Living Community Professionals in Preventing Suicide

VETERAN RESOURCES

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (NAASP)
Announcements, resources, and social media templates for Veteran suicide prevention.
Veteran and Military Suicide Prevention Resources

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (ASFP)
Policy and issue page regarding suicide prevention for veterans and their families.
Military and Veteran Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL)
Resource page specific to veterans or service members and individuals involved in their care.
Veterans

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Homepage for the VA on suicide prevention including resources and data.
Mental Health: Suicide Prevention

Veterans Crisis Line
To access the Veterans Crisis Line, dial 988 and press 1 on the keypad to be routed directly to the line. Users may also reach the line by calling 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1, by texting (838255), and through chat (VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat).
Veterans Crisis Line