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.

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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

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
A national public perception survey of over 2,000 U.S. adults investigating the public’s beliefs and attitudes about mental health and suicide.
2022 National Public Perception Survey Data

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

Renaye James Healthcare Advisors: Health Center Excellence Academy
This publication provides insights on the pressures that lead sexual and gender minority people to suicide and provides interventions for assessment and prevention.
Suicide Prevention and Risk Assessment Strategies for Sexual and Gender Minority (LGBTQ+) Communities

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) (2023) 
An issue report outlining the death rate related to drugs and suicide. This annual report found that in 2021, death rates due to substance misuse and suicide increased by 11%.
Pain in the Nation: The Epidemics of Alcohol, Drug, and Suicide Deaths 2023


Action Alliance
A video that provides practical strategies for setting up virtual screening within an electronic health record portal and steps to take when virtual screening indicates that risk is present.
Telehealth: Screening for Suicide Risk – Practical Tips and Best Practices

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) and Centene Corporation
A guide of resources and tips on suicide prevention for clinicians in training and practicing professionals
Suicide Safer Care: Quick Tips for Medical Students and Other Primary Care Professionals in Training

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

A report addressing the scope of suicide risk in healthcare professionals and providing organizational approaches to support primary care providers and team members while reducing suicide risk.
Organizational Approaches to Address Suicide Risk in Providers and Staff

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

Bureau of Primary Health Care Behavioral Technical Assistance (BPHC-BH-TA)
A training on staff resiliency and well-being following exposure to traumatic patient experiences.
Responding to Staff Exposure to Highly Stressful Events and Traumatic Patient Experiences

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

The Joint Commission
A tool used during the three-tiered pathway of screening, assessment, and disposition.
Ask Suicide Screening Questions (ASQ)

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


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

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

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
A free course about how to reduce access to the methods people use to kill themselves.
Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) Course

The University of Washington
A free course on lethal means counseling focused on developing cultural competency when discussing firearms with patients. CME is available for a $25 fee.
Targeted Interventions: Firearms, Culture & Suicide Care

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


Man Therapy
A resource designed to provide mental healthcare 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

Reconozca las Señales
“Recognize the Signs”, Reconozca las Señales, is a Spanish resource outlining how to identify, talk about, and address suicide.
El Suicido es Prevenible

Stanley Brown Safety Planning Intervention
Suicide risk curve data and safety planning document for intervention between the clinician and the suicidal individual that aims to mitigate acute risk.
Stanley-Brown Safety Plan

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
An online story bank on topics such as patient loss, telehealth, and treatment-resistant depression.
Suicide Care Insights: Stories & Tips to Cultivate Your Implementation

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



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

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
The Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention gives educators and school administrators a comprehensive way to implement suicide prevention policies in their local community.
Model School District Policy on 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

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU)
A brief video on the “why you matter” conversation and youth suicide prevention.
“Why You Matter” Conversation 

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 Association of School Psychologists
School safety and youth mental health crisis handouts and resources translated into commonly spoken languages.
Translated Safety and Crisis Resources

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

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
Suicide prevention resources for use in school settings.

A resource guide for supporting the mental well-being of LGBTQIA2S+ youth.
Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for LGBTQIA2S+ 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

211 and United Way 
A guide developed to respond to a critical youth suicide prevention and mental health promotion education and service gap, and to support youth mental health literacy and social-emotional learning.
Gizmo’s Pawesome Guide to Mental Health 

University of Michigan School of Medicine 
An online database of adolescent-friendly screening tools that can be utilized across an array of settings, including behavioral health, primary care, and school-based health centers.
Adolescent Risk Screening 


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 Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
A three-part workshop converted to a publication examining suicide risk in Indigenous populations and discussing culturally appropriate and effective suicide prevention.
Suicide Prevention in Indigenous Communities

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

A resource guide to provide strategies and discussions specific to American Indian/Alaska Native Two-Spirit Youth and rural communities.
Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for LGBTQIA2S+ Youth

We Matter
An Indigenous, youth-led organization that addresses health inequities around suicide rates, addiction rates, and more, including various school activities and a teacher toolkit.
We Matter

We R Native 
Multimedia resources to address stressors that influence adolescent health; including suicide prevention, bullying, sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, and drug and alcohol use.
We R Native


Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU)
A webinar and toolkit on how providers can help prevent elder suicide.
A New Guide to Geriatric Suicide Safer Care Webinar
Suicide Safer Care: A Toolkit for Primary Care Providers Working with Geriatric Patients

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


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.

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 (
Veterans Crisis Line

Operation Veteran Strong
A resource for Veterans navigating civilian life, this website shares inspiring stories, information about accessing benefits, self-assessments, and a variety of other free support services.
Operation Veteran Strong