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This collection features resources highlighted on the homepage of the SPRC website. These include products created by SPRC and our partners, upcoming trainings and conferences, news, and programs developed by suicide prevention grantees and others in the field.

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Informing the Future: Mental Health Indicators for Canada

Informing the Future is an initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to produce and report on key performance indicators that will strengthen efforts to improve the country's mental health system. Information about these indicators, which include intentional self-harm among college students, suicide rates, anxiety and mood disorders among seniors, and a sense of belonging among immigrants, can be found in a report and an online presentation on the MHCC website.

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Updated SPRC Website for Colleges and Universities

SPRC has updated its Campus and University Suicide Prevention website which includes information, research, resources, and practical examples to support campus suicide prevention and mental health promotion programs.

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What Suicide Interventions Outside of Health Care Settings Reduce Risk?

On May 27 (2-3 p.m. ET), the National Council for Behavioral Health will present a webinar that will explore community prevention approaches including reducing access to lethal means, safe media coverage, and programs for settings such as schools and workplaces.

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Ken Norton on Postvention as Prevention

In this month’s Director’s Corner, Ken Norton, Executive Director of NAMI New Hampshire, discusses the integral role that postvention – activities which reduce risk and promote healing after a suicide death – should play in suicide prevention.

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Webinar on Suicide Prevention Research in Faith-Based Communities

On May 19 (2-3 p.m. ET) the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention will host Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Faith-Based Communities. This webinar will discuss how faith communities can prevent suicide by enhancing activities that are already central to their mission.

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Online Tutorials Can Help You Learn to Use WISQARS

Online tutorials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can help you learn to use WISQARS, CDC’s Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System. The tutorials cover Fatal Injury Mapping, Fatal Injury Reports, Leading Causes of Death, and Years of Potential Life Lost.

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National Guidelines for Responding to Grief after a Suicide

Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress after a Suicide: U.S. National Guidelines is a new resource from the National Action Alliance’s Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force that provides a unified national blueprint for the development of suicide postvention activities.

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May is Mental Health Month: A Time to Raise Awareness

The Mental Health Month 2015 theme is “B4Stage4” which calls attention to the importance of identifying symptoms before they become severe and persistent and lead to a crisis, such as hospitalization, homelessness, unemployment, or suicide. A comprehensive toolkit for mental health month is available from Mental Health America. Additional resources are available from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.