For a complete list of suicide prevention and intervention programs that have been evaluated and deemed evidence-based (best practice) by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs & Practices , visit http://www.sprc.org/bpr/section-i-evidence-based-programs. Evidence-based indicates that the programs have been scientifically evaluated and found to produce reliable and effective improvements.
Working with Youth
The evidence-based program reviews describe the program, risk and protective factors, target population and costs in non-scientific jargon. The aim of the reviews is to help suicide prevention practitioners select the best suicide prevention program for their needs.
Suicide prevention education for teens and young adults is very important; however, because some young people will be vulnerable, experts maintain that such education is only safe when presented under certain circumstances:
- Using safe and effective curricula
- In small groups
- In a positive manner (hope, help & strength)
- Always avoiding discussions of statistics or methods
- Always avoiding stories or information that is traumatic, sad or shocking
- With an adequate number of knowledgeable adults to watch for vulnerable youth
- Providing ways to seek help for friends & self