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August 23, 2017

Resources

 This page provides information about risk and protective factors for suicide and a list of links to helpful resources for preventing suicide. The list is organized alphabetically by groups representing high-risk populations and/or helping occupations.

The following are risk factors sometimes associated with completed suicide. It is important to note that risk factors are not predictors of suicide, but they become important when warning signs are apparent.

RISK FACTORS

o Mental health disorders
o Previous suicide attempt(s)
o Substance use disorders
o Insomnia
o Traumatic brain injury
o Hopelessness
o History of trauma or abuse
o Family history of suicide
o Lack of social support
o Stigma associated with help seeking
o Exposure to other suicide deaths
o Easy access to lethal means
o Significant losses, e.g. relationship, job, etc.
o Barriers to accessing treatment for mental health or substance use disorder

PROTECTIVE FACTORS

o Strong connections to family and friends
o Strong connections to community support
o No access to highly lethal means
o Problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills
o Effective professional care for mental health and substance use disorders
o Easy access to different types of professional health
o Mental and medical health care relationship that are ongoing
o Being supported to seek help
o Cultural or religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support self-preservation

Suicide Knows No Boundaries

Individuals everywhere—of all ages, ethnic groups, incomes, etc. —attempt suicide and die by suicide. Some populations, however, have higher rates of suicidal behavior than others, and you may work with these people either as clients or as coworkers.

If you are a professional who serves these populations, you can help reduce these suicide rates by including suicide prevention activities and policies in your organization’s existing programs and services.  Click on any of the links below for more information about how you can help.

American Natives

Behavioral Health

Corrections Officers (Adults)

Corrections (Juvenile)

Emergency Medical Personnel

Faith-Based Organizations

Firefighters

Foster Care

Funeral Directors

Law Enforcement

LGBTQ

Medical Providers

Pharmacists

Survivors of Suicide Attempt/Lived Experiences

Schools and Youth Serving Organizations

Seniors and Adult Living Centers

Survivors of Loss to Suicide

Workplace

    Construction

Veterans and Military

 

American Natives

Indian Health Service- (IHS) The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaskan Natives

IHS - Thrive Campaign

IHS "Suicide Prevention and Care Program"

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA "Using Strengths to Address Alcohol Abuse and Suicide Among American Indian and Alaska Native Youth"

SAMHSA Behavioral Health and Tribal Communities: Presentation by Administrator Hyde, National Congress of American Indians 

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

SPRC "To Live to See the Great Day that Dawns"

 

Behavioral Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA Behavioral Health and Tribal Communities: Presentation by Administrator Hyde, National Congress of American Indians

SAMHSA Behavioral Health and Justice Involved Populations: Presentation by Administrator Hyde, National Leadership Forum on Behavioral Health/Criminal Justice Services

SAMHSA News: "What Military Patients Want Civilian Providers to Know"

SAMHSA "A Journey Toward Health and Hope: Your Handbook for Recovery After a Suicide Attempt"

SAMHSA Guide for: "Taking Care of Yourself After Your Treatment in the Emergency Department"

SAMHSA A Practitioner's Resource Guide- "Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children" 

Corrections Officers (Adults)

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

SPRC "The Role of Adult Correctional Officers in the Preventing Suicide"

Corrections (Juvenile)

For Judges and court staff:

American Association for Suicide Prevention (AASP)

AASP "Need to Know: A Fact Sheet Series on Juvenile Suicide"

For Juvenile Detention Staff:

AASP "Need to Know: A Fact Sheet Series on Juvenile Suicide"

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

SPRC - "Suicide Prevention in Juvenile Correctional Facilities"

Sources of Strength

For Juvenile Probation Staff:

AASP "Need to Know: A Fact Sheet Series on Juvenile Suicide"

Developing Protocols for Juvenile Detention:

AASP Guide to: "Developing and Revising Suicide Prevention Protocols for Youth in Contract with the Juvenile Justice System"

AASP "Preventing Juvenile Suicide through Improved Collaboration Strategies for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Agencies"

Emergency Medical Personnel

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

SPRC "How Can Emergency Responders Manage their Own Response to a Traumatic Event "  

SPRC "How Can Emergency Responders Help Grieving Individuals"

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA "A Guide to Managing Stress in Crisis Response Professions"

 

Faith-Based Organizations

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA A Guide to "Managing Stress in Crisis Response Professions"

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

SPRC "After a Suicide"

SPRC Guidebook for Faith Leaders "The Role of Faith Communities in Suicide Prevention" 

SPRC "The Role of Faith Communities in Preventing Suicide"

"Overcoming the Tragic: A Positive Approach to Mental Health Drawing from Biblical Narratives"

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Campaign: "Your Life Matters" 

Pathways to promise "Putting Faith in Mental Health Recovery

Mental Health Ministries "To Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness"


Firefighters

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Workplace Task Force- "Make Suicide Prevention a Priority in Your Workplace"  

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

SPRC "How Can Emergency Responders Manage their Own Response to a Traumatic Event "  

SPRC "How Can Emergency Responders Help Grieving Individuals?"

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA "A Guide to Managing Stress in Crisis Response Professions"

YouTube "Firefighters Coping with the Aftermath of Suicide"


Foster Care

Family Project CWLA Best Practice Guidelines "Serving LGBT Youth in Out-of Home Care"

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA Evidence-Based and Promising Practices "Interventions for Disruptive Behavior Disorders"

 Funeral Directors

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

SPRC  "Supporting Survivors of Suicide Loss"

American Association of Suicidology (AAS)

AAS "Helping Survivors of Suicide: What Can You Do?"

AAS "A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide"

AAS "Sobrevivientes de un Suicida"


Law Enforcement

YouTube: "Breaking the Silence: Suicide Prevention in Law Enforcement"

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA "A Guide to Managing Stress in Crisis Response Professions"

U.S Dept. of Justice Bureaus of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA Fact Sheet "Officer Safety Initiatives"

"In Harm's Way: Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention"

IACP National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health

IACP Breaking the Silence on Law Enforcement Suicides 

In Public Safety: Silent Suffering: Warning Signs and Steps to Prevent Police Suicide"


LGBTQ

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

SPRC "Culturally Competent Care for LGBTQ Youth"

The Trevor Project: This national organization focuses on crisis and suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth and offers a toll-free crisis phone line at 866-488-7386.

Gay,Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

GLSEN- This national education organization focuses on enduring safe schools for all students and provides tools to help establish Gay-Straight Alliances.

Family Acceptance Project: This initiative works ,to prevent health and mental health risks among LGBT children and youth in the context of their families and communities.

GLBT National Help Center: This center offers free telephone, one-to-one chat, and email support from peers on a variety of issues, as well as GLBTQ information and resources.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

SPRC LGBTQ Resources

SPRC "Suicide Prevention Among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth"

SPRC "Suicide Risk and Prevention for LGBT Youth"

"Helping Families Support Their LGBT Children"

 

Medical Providers

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

SPRC "Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Practices

"Medscape: for Doctors "Physician Suicide"

"Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA " A Guide to Managing Stress in Crisis Response Professions"

SAMHSA "A Guide for Medical Providers in the Emergency Department Taking Care of Suicide Attempt Survivors"

 

Pharmacists

"National Suicide Prevention Lifeline"- Wallet Card

ASHPharmacists advancing healthcare resource 

Pharmacists Preventing Suicide Inc. (PPS)

PPS Resource

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

SPRC "Personal Safety Plan"

SPRC " Mi Plan de Seguridad Personal"

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA "A Journey Toward Health and Hope Your Handbook for Recovery After a Suicide Attempt"

 

 

Survivors of Suicide Attempt/Lived Experience

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA "A Journey Toward Health and Hope Your Handbook for Recovery After a Suicide Attempt"

SAMHSA "A Guide for Taking Care of Yourself After Your Treatment in the Emergency Department"

SAMHSA "Después de un intento de suicidio: Guía para cuidarse después del tratamiento en la sala de emergencias"

SAMHSA "A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family After Treatment in the Emergency Department"   

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

SPRC "Mi Plan de Seguridad Personal"

SPRC National Suicide Prevention Lifeline"- Wallet Card

 

 Schools and Youth Serving Organizations

Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN)

SPAN "Youth Suicide Information for Schools"

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

SPRC "After a Suicide"- Toolkit for Schools

SPRC "Safe and Effective Messaging"

SPRC "The Role of High School Teachers in  Preventing Suicide

SPAN "Youth Suicide : Helping Your Student"

Sources of Strength

 

Seniors and Adult Living Centers

Administration on Aging (AOA)

Suicide and Mental Health Substance Abuse" (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA Toolkit for Senior Centers "Supporting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide"

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

SPRC "Older Adults"

 

Survivors of Loss to Suicide

Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN)

SPAN "Survivor Support in Idaho"

American Association of Suicidology (AAS)

AAS "Books & Resources for Survivors"

AAS "Helping Survivors of Suicide, What Can You Do?"

AAS "A Handbook For Survivor's of Suicide"

AAS "Manuel para Enfrentar El Suicido de un Ser Querido"

 

 

Workplace

Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN)

SPAN Idaho "After-Care and Self=Care For Adults

YouTube "Workplace Suicide Prevention" 

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (NAAFSP)

NAAFSP Comprehensive Blueprint for Workplace Suicide Prevention

AAS "Helping Survivors of Suicide What Can You Do"

 

Construction

NAASFP "A Construction Industry Blueprint"

Veterans and Military

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

SPRC "The Challenge and the Promise: Strengthening the Force and Preventing Suicide"

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA "Behavioral Health Issues Among Afghanistan and Iraq U.S. War Veterans"

SAMHSA "Recovery and the Military: Treating Veterans and Their Families"

SAMHSA "Military Families: Access to Care for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, Veterans, Their Families and Those Close to Them"

SAMHSA "News: What Military Patients Want Civilian Providers to Know"

U.S. Department of Veterans "Affairs Crisis Line"

 

 

 

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) 

"After a Suicide"

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) 

"After a Suicide"

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) 

"After a Suicide"

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) 

"After a Suicide"