The following links provide resources for developing suicide prevention content that is accurate, likely to meet goals and objectives, and consistent with current standards in the field (see BPR Section III for the list of criteria.)
Logic models provide a coherent and logical outline of program implementation and anticipated effects. An introduction to logic models is available online here (PDF).
National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) (PDF) provides a comprehensive overview of suicide prevention. In addition, submissions for Sections II and III of the BPR must meet one or more specific NSSP goals and objectives.
Prevention Program Guidelines
The American Association of Suicidology and Dr. John Kalafat produced Guidelines for School-Based Suicide Prevention Programs (PDF). Some of these guidelines were adapted to become the BPR Section III Programmatic Guidelines.
Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide
One of the messaging guidelines recommends that public awareness campaigns include information about protective factors that reduce the likelihood of suicide and risk factors that heighten risk of suicide. A list of risk and protective factors (PDF) can be found on the SPRC website.
Safe and Effective Messaging for Suicide Prevention
SPRC, with the help of Dr. Madelyn Gould, produced a list of messaging "Do's and Don'ts" (PDF). This list provides a basis for the BPR Section III Messaging Guidelines.
Use of current statistics is an important aspect of program accuracy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides an interactive online database of injury and death statistics called the Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) where the latest national and state statistics on suicide can be found. States that are part of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) may have available detailed information on suicide deaths. To find out whether your state is part of NVDRS, click here. For other sources of data and statistics, including the document "Finding Data on Suicidal Behavior" (PDF).
Warning Signs for Suicide
One of the messaging guidelines recommends inclusion of suicide warning signs in public awareness campaigns. A list of suicide warning signs was developed through a consensus process led by the American Association of Suicidology. A summary of the warning signs can be found here (PDF). For a literature review and detailed description of the AAS-led consensus process, see: Rudd, M. D., Berman, A. L., Joiner, T. E., Jr., Nock, M. K., Silverman, M. M., Mandrusiak, M., et al. (2006). Warning signs for suicide: Theory, research, and clinical applications (PDF). Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 36(3), 255-262.
The BPR is a collaboration between the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Funding is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).