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”
The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 became a public law on October 17, 2020. The act designates a three digit number, 9-8-8, as the universal number for the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system. Read about the legislation here.
The Garret Lee Smith Memorial Act provides funding for youth suicide prevention programs. Funding is set aside for campuses, states, tribes, U.S. territories to develop, assess, and enhance early intervention and suicide prevention programs. Read the summary here. Read the full legislation 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”
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)”
The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to the LGBTQ community under age 25. Visit their website here.
This technical package from the CDC serves as a resource for state and community sectors such as public health, justice, and social services. The document provides information about strategies that: (a) increase the focus on the most effective suicide prevention tactics, (b) reduce the occurrence of suicide and (c) decrease the short and long-term effectsContinue reading “Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices”