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.
American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
Founded in 1968 American Association of Suicidology promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. In addition, AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.
CA Department of Health Care Services-Suicide Prevention Program (SPP) formerly known as Office of Suicide Prevention
The Office of Suicide Prevention was established in 2008 by the former California Department of Mental Health (DMH). It is now the CA Department of Health Care Services-Suicide Prevention Program (SPP). In 2008, DMH published the California Strategic Plan on Suicide Prevention: Every Californian Is Part of the Solution. Click here to view the California Strategic Plan on Suicide Prevention: Every Californian Is Part of the Solution Executive Summary.
Crisis Text Line |
Crisis Text Line is the free, nationwide, 24/7 text line for people in crisis. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
I'm Alive is the world’s first virtual crisis center, that was launched in April 2011, and now welcomes volunteers from all over the world.
MY3 is owned and maintained by Link2HealthSolutions, Inc., the administrator of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It was created in partnership with the California Mental Health Services Authority and was funded by the California Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63).
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is the public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP). Established in September 2010 NAASP's mission is to advance the NSSP by championing suicide prevention as a national priority, catalyzing efforts to implement high priority objectives of the NSS, and cultivating the resources needed to sustain progress.
National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
The 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Actions (184 pp. full report) 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.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 160 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) launched the Lifeline on January 1, 2005.
SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)
SAVE was one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Their work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. SAVE works at the international, national, state and local levels to prevent suicide using a public health model in suicide prevention; concentrating its efforts on education and awareness.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
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.
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.
Click here to read the Press Release issued by SAMHSA 12-13-2011.
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.
ZeroSuicide in health and behavioral health care
ZeroSuicide is a project of Education Development Center's Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), and supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under care within health and behavioral health systems are preventable. It presents both a bold goal and an aspirational challenge.
The Zero Suicide Initiative is a commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems.
Zero Suicide is a key concept of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a priority of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance), a project of Education Development Center's Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), and supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under care within health and behavioral health systems are preventable. It presents both a bold goal and an aspirational challenge.