The World Health Organization has offered guidelines for how the media can cover stories about suicide responsibly in an effort to temper this copycat effect. Visit the guidelines here. Visit a journal article from Washington University who extended the guidelines to mass shootings here.
The goal of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is to understand and prevent suicide. AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers, and serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide. Membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis interventionContinue reading “American Association of Suicidology”
Reporting on Mass Shootings is a website that has compiled a two-page document about general recommendations traditional media can use when reporting about mass shootings. They list what harmful versus helpful media coverage of such events can do and considerations on language and type of content shown. Visit the webpage here.
Treatment Advocacy Center is “dedicated to eliminating the barriers to timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness.” They promote laws, policies and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and support the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses. Visit their website here.
The Safe and Supportive Schools model ensures a positive school climate. They are dedicated to creating strong relationships between students, teachers, and parents, making sure that students are safe from violence, and creating a well-managed environment. Learn more about this resource here.
Say Something is a 24/7 anonymous reporting system that allows you to “submit secure & anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene upon at-risk individuals BEFORE they hurt themselves or others. You can do this by reporting observed threats, behaviors, actions and harassment” (Suicidal behaviors, conversations of gun violence, etc.). A crisis center willContinue reading “Say Something Anonymous Report”
SAMHSA is within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The organization leads public efforts to strengthen behavioral health across the country. Their mission is to “reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.” Visit their website here.
Mental Health America (MHA) works with stakeholders to design policy recommendations that advance (a) prevention for all individuals, (b) identification and intervention for at risk individuals and (c) cohesive services while focusing on recovery as the goal. Visit their website to see their recommendations here.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. They utilize four core strategies: (1) funding for research, (2) educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention, (3) advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide preventionContinue reading “The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)”
Active Minds is a nonprofit organization that works to continue and expand the conversation about mental health and remove the stigma associated with mental health issues. Visit their website here.