- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. A free, 24-hour, confidential hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis
or emotional distress. Call for yourself or someone you care about. Your call
will be routed to the nearest crisis center. Telephone: (800) 273-TALK or (800)
273- 8255 (voice); (800) 799-4889 (TDD) or (888) 628-9454 (Spanish).
- Trevor Lifeline. A free, 24-hour, confidential crisis and suicide-prevention lifeline for lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. TrevorChat is a free, confidential, and secure online messaging service that provides live
help with trained volunteers.
- American Association of Suicidology (AAS). Fact sheets, statistics, and publications for health, education, and social services professionals and families about reducing the incidence of suicide and suicidal behaviors among children and adolescents. Includes information about education and training opportunities for health and education professionals. Also includes resources and support for those thinking about suicide, suicide loss survivors, and suicide attempt survivors.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Suicide Prevention. Fact sheets, program information,
definitions, and data about
suicide. Includes information about
suicide risk and protective factors,
consequences, and prevention strategies.
- National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance). Information about suicide and the Action Alliance, a public-private partnership to promote suicide prevention as a national priority. Resources include
National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action, rev. ed. (2012). [Report, Overview, Fact sheet]. Developed by the U.S. Surgeon General and the Action Alliance.
National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Individuals in Justice and Child Welfare
Settings. (2012). [Fact sheet].
- Reach Out. Youth-generated, expert-reviewed information and stories
with opportunities for adolescents to connect with one another in a supportive,
safe environment. Topics include warning signs for suicide, depression, and
eating disorders, as well as relationship advice and coping
strategies. Includes tips to help cope with tough times and tips for helping
- Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide. Recommendations
for the media about safe and accurate reporting of suicide to reduce the risk of contagion and encourage help-seeking behavior. Lists the warning signs of suicide.
Prevention Resource Center (SPRC).
Suicide prevention information,
training materials, and other resources
to assist professionals, advocates, and families
with developing suicide prevention
programs, interventions, and policies. Includes an
online library of resources about suicide, suicide
prevention, and mental health. Also presents descriptions
of and resources
from state efforts to prevent suicide.
SPRC is funded by the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services
After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools. (2011).
Practices Registry for Suicide
and contact information for
suicide prevention programs
that effectively address specific
objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
Continuity of Care for Suicide Prevention and Research: Suicide Attempts and Suicide Deaths Subsequent to Discharge from an Emergency Department or an Inpatient Psychiatry Unit. (2011). [Report].
- TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups. Resources for the early identification of mental illness in adolescents, including
kits for developing a mental health screening initiative in primary care offices,
schools, and community-based programs; evidence-based resources for providing
mental health checkups to adolescents as part of their routine health care; fact
sheets on mental health, depression, and suicide; and a state resource center
with information about adolescent suicide, mental health issues, policy, and
state and federal government contacts. TeenScreen is affiliated with the Columbia
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
- The Trevor Project. Facts and warning signs about suicide, tips on how to help a person in crisis, and an online directory for finding local resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Also offers information about a classroom tool and other resources that can be used to generate discussion about the issues surrounding suicide, personal identity, and sexual orientation. Resources include
Talking About Suicide and LGBT Populations. (2011). This guide was developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, Johnson Family Foundation, Movement Advancement Project, and The Trevor Project.
- Center for Mental Health Services. 2012. Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Related MCH Library Resources
Suicide Prevention: Resource Brief. (July 2011). (Updated: January 2013).
Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Library.
Reviewers: Lauren Agoratus, M.A., Family Voices and Family-to-Family Health Information Resource Center at the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of N.J.; Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Library; Judi Siegel, L.I.C.S.W., Children's Hospital Boston; Sandy Swan, M.L.S., M.P.H., C.H.I.S., Phil Johnson Historic Archives and Research Library.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Library.