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National Organizations and Federal Agencies with Information 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.

AASAmerican 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.

AFSPAmerican 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.

LifelineNational 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.

samhsa.jpgU.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.

NIMHNational 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!

CSC NCIPCNational 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.

IHSIndian 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.

SAVESuicide 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.

CSNChildren’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.

ICRCInjury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S)

This CDC-funded injury control research center promotes a public health approach to suicide research and prevention. It conducts research projects, provides technical assistance, and organizes conference calls, webinars, and an annual Research Training Institute for those engaged in suicide-related research and working in the suicide prevention field. The goal is to draw suicide prevention into the domain of public health and injury prevention and link it to complementary approaches to mental health, while also creating a collaborative group of researchers and practitioners dedicated to suicide prevention.