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The purpose of the Best Practices Registry (BPR) is to identify, review, and disseminate information about best practices that address specific objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

BPR Structure

The BPR is organized into three sections, each with different types of best practices. In essence, the BPR is three registries in one. The three sections do not represent levels, but rather they include different types of programs and practices reviewed according to specific criteria for that section.

Click on the section name below for section-specific criteria and listings:

  • Section I: Evidence-Based Programs lists interventions that have undergone evaluation and demonstrated positive outcomes.
  • Section II: Expert and Consensus Statements lists statements that summarize the current knowledge in the suicide prevention field and provide best practice recommendations to guide program and policy development.
  • Section III: Adherence to Standards lists suicide prevention programs and practices whose content has been reviewed for accuracy, likelihood of meeting objectives, and adherence to program design standards. Inclusion in this section means only that the program content meets the stated criteria. It does not mean that the practice has undergone evaluation and demonstrated positive outcomes. (Such programs are listed in Section I.)

BPR listings include only materials submitted and reviewed according to the designated criteria and do not represent a comprehensive inventory of all suicide prevention initiatives.

We strongly suggest that new users review our Advice on Using the BPR. The FAQ is another helpful resource.

The marketing materials page includes a one-page description of the BPR that is suitable for distribution.

BPR Guiding Assumptions

The design of the BPR is guided by the following assumptions:

  • Suicide prevention efforts can be improved by incorporating new knowledge as the field advances.
  • When possible, suicide prevention practices should undergo rigorous process and outcome evaluation, and these findings should be broadly disseminated.
  • In addition to evaluated interventions, the suicide prevention field also can benefit from the dissemination of programs and practices whose content has been reviewed for accuracy, safety, and adherence to program design standards.
  • The BPR will facilitate the translation of research to practice by disseminating information about both evaluated suicide interventions and suicide prevention practices that have met accuracy, safety, and program design standards.
  • Successful dissemination will be facilitated when practice developers, evaluators, and SPRC/AFSP staff members work collaboratively.
  • In general, suicide prevention practitioners will achieve greater results by creating comprehensive approaches involving multiple layers of coordinated components.