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Published on: 12/2/2014 3:23 PM
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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (National Strategy or NSSP) is designed to be a catalyst for social change with the power to transform attitudes, policies, and services. Representing the combined work of advocates, clinicians, researchers and survivors, the National Strategy lays out a framework for action and guides development of an array of services and programs yet to be set in motion. It strives to promote and provide direction to efforts to modify the social infrastructure in ways that will affect the most basic attitudes about suicide and its prevention, and that will also change judicial, educational, and health care systems.

The California Strategic Plan on Suicide Prevention is posted on the California Department of Mental Health website. This website is where you can find links to several other resources, reports, statistics and news and updates.

Oregon's Youth Suicide Prevention Plan: A Call to Action The State of Oregon has completed its own targeted Suicide Prevention Plan aimed at reducing the number of youths who die by suicide. This plan identifies15 strategies that emphasize three key prevention approaches: community education, integration of systems serving high risk youth, and access to full range of health care that includes mental health and alcohol and drug treatment services.

Facebook Has Become Actively Engaged in Suicide Intervention and Prevention! Please help in spreading this knowledge as much as you can. Everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention- it's a community effort!

In partnership with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Facebook is announcing a new service that harnesses the power of social networking and crisis support to help prevent suicides across the Nation and Canada. The new service enables Facebook users to report a suicidal comment they see posted by a friend to Facebook using either the Report Suicidal Content link or the report links found throughout the site. The person who posted the suicidal comment will then immediately receive an email from Facebook encouraging them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or to click on a link to begin a confidential chat session with a crisis worker.
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Medical and mental health providers can share this information with their patients/ clients. Non-professionals can inform their social network about the availability of this resource, and that the most effective intervention is recognizing the cries for help, and connecting an individual to the appropriate resource- just like we rush our loved ones to the emergency room for a broken limb.​