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Suicide Prevention Resources - 2012 (from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center)

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  • Suicide Prevention Resources - 2012 (from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center)

    What is the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)?

    SPRC is the nation?s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. We provide technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. We also promote collaboration among a variety of organizations that play a role in developing the field of suicide prevention.

    Suicide Prevention Basics

    In the United States, suicide claims the lives of more people than homicide and HIV combined. In addition, 1 million adults attempt suicide every year. Suicide touches everyone?all ages and backgrounds, all racial and ethnic groups, in all parts of the country. And the emotional toll on those left behind endures long after the event.
    There is help?and hope?when individuals, organizations, and communities join forces to address suicide as a preventable public health problem. Over the past 20 years, suicide death rates among youth have declined by 40% and among older adults by 33%. Using a public health approach, we can reduce the suicide toll among all age groups. By drawing on research and implementing effective interventions, we can save lives.
    In this section of our website, you will find basic information about suicide prevention. You may wish to explore other sections of our website to learn more.

    About Suicide

    This page has information about the scope of the problem. It includes definitions of key words, statistics, and risk and protective factors associated with suicidal behavior.

    About Suicide Prevention

    This page has information about the public health approach to suicide prevention. This section introduces key steps in a strategic action planning process. It also lists ways to take action to prevent suicide within your community.

    About Surviving Suicide Loss

    On this page, you will learn more about resources available to those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

    Roles in Suicide Prevention

    This page contains links to fact sheets for individuals in various settings and roles. Each contains guidance in reducing the risk of suicide among those with whom they come in contact.

    National Organizations and Federal Agencies

    Here you will find a list of selected organizations and agencies which can provide information and resources on suicide prevention.

    The following organizations and agencies provide professionals and the general public with information and resources on suicide prevention.

    Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
    This SAMHSA-funded, national center helps strengthen the suicide prevention efforts of state, tribal, community, and campus suicide prevention organizations and coalitions, and organizations that serve populations with high suicide rates. It provides technical assistance, training, a variety of resource materials, a current awareness newsletter (The Weekly SPARK), the SPRC Online Library, and customized information pages that outline the roles of various professionals in preventing suicide. In partnership with AFSP, SPRC co-produces the Best Practices Registry (BPR) for Suicide Prevention. SPRC also helps build partnerships between health and mental health providers and provides organizational support for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

    American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
    AAS is a non-profit organization that promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers. It serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide, publishing and disseminating statistics and suicide prevention resources. AAS also hosts national annual conferences for professionals and survivors.

    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
    AFSP is a non-profit organization that funds research to advance understanding of suicide and suicide prevention. It also offers educational programs and resources for professionals, survivors of suicide loss, and the public about suicide prevention. With SPRC, AFSP co-produces the Best Practices Registry (BPR) for Suicide Prevention. AFSP?s Public Policy Division, SPAN USA, promotes and keeps track of policies and legislation related to suicide prevention. AFSP?s chapters provide connections to local resources and services addressing suicide prevention, as well as organize awareness events.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    The Lifeline provides immediate assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider through a toll-free telephone number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline also provides informational materials, such as brochures, wallet cards, posters, and booklets featuring the Lifeline number.

    U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    SAMHSA funds and supports the National Lifeline and SPRC, and manages the Garrett Lee Smith grant program, which funds State, Territorial, and Tribal programs to prevent suicide among youth. It has developed the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), which reviews evidence of effectiveness for prevention programs on topics related to behavioral health, including suicide. SAMHSA also sponsors several prevention campaigns.

    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
    The NIMH website has a section on suicide prevention that includes information and resources useful for a variety of audiences, including researchers, health care professionals, and consumers. NIMH also conducts research on suicide and suicide prevention. Updates on the research can be found through News from the Field: Research Findings of NIMH-funded Investigators, from EurekAlert!

    National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
    This center, located at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a valuable source of information, resources, and statistics about suicide, suicide risk, and suicide prevention. It includes links to a number of statistical databases, including WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System), YRBSS (Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System), National Violent Death Reporting System, and National Vital Statistics System.

    Indian Health Service (IHS)
    IHS? Community Suicide Prevention website provides American Indian and Alaska Native communities with culturally appropriate information about best and promising practices, training opportunities, ongoing activities, potential partnerships, and other information regarding suicide prevention and intervention. This information can help communities and schools create or adapt suicide prevention programs that are tailored to their needs.

    Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
    SAVE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma, and serve as a resource to people affected by suicide. Its prevention and education programs are designed to increase knowledge about depression, suicide, and accessing community resources, and to increase understanding and use of intervention skills to help prevent suicide.

    Children?s Safety Network (CSN)
    CSN is a national resource center for injury and violence prevention, including suicide prevention, that provides technical assistance on injury prevention planning, programs, and best practices; analyzes and interprets injury data; partners with national organizations and Federal agencies to promote child and adolescent health and safety; disseminates injury prevention research; conducts trainings and presentations; and produces publications.