Resources for Patients, Families, and Community Members

Note: This page is part of Section 6 of the Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Prevention Practices.


General Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers a free 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Calls are routed to the nearest crisis center to the caller.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Resources
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free resources including wallet cards and online materials. Materials are available in Spanish and English and all materials contain the Lifeline’s phone number.

Population Specific Resources

American Indian and Alaska Native Suicide Prevention Website
The Indian Health Services provides information about suicide prevention programs and resources for providers and American Indian and Alaska Native community members.

Suicide Risk and Prevention for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth
This publication addresses the special concerns related to suicide prevention among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. It summarizes the current state of knowledge about suicidality in this population, and outlines twenty-one recommendations for helping to reduce suicidal behavior among LGBT youth. Includes a resource appendix and an extensive bibliography.

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project operates the nation’s only 24-hour toll-free suicide prevention helpline for gay, lesbian, transgender and questioning youth. (1-866-4-U-TREVOR). 

Veterans Administration Suicide Prevention Coordinators
Suicide prevention coordinators are licensed mental health professionals who ensure that veterans at high risk for suicide get the care they need. This website contains information about the VA’s suicide prevention coordinators and how to locate the coordinator nearest you.

Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK, Veterans Press 1
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has founded a national suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. To operate the Veterans Hotline, the VA partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press “1” to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Trainings and Guides

After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department
Brochure intended as a guide for families of suicide attempt survivors on what to expect in the emergency department and after release from the hospital. Includes information on national resources and organizations and contains advice for safety planning, ongoing support and learning about mental illness. (Also available in the Spanish Language Materials category).

After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Yourself After Your Treatment in the Emergency Department
Brochure intended as a guide for individuals on how to move forward after being treated in an emergency department for attempting suicide. Includes information on national resources and organizations and contains advice for safety planning, ongoing support and learning about mental illness. (Also available in Spanish in the Spanish Language Materials Category).

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
A workshop designed for caregivers of individuals at risk of suicide. Training dates and locations are provided on the website. Also online are a text and audiovisual overview of the workshop, research and evaluations on the program, and suicide awareness facts.

At-a-Glance: Safe Reporting on Suicide
The research-based recommendations include suggestions for online media, message boards, bloggers, and “citizen journalists.” Released in 2011.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
A gatekeeper training program for suicide prevention based upon three basic steps. The website also includes literature, evidence for QPR, helpful links, and a QPR Gatekeeper Trainer Certification Course to certify individuals to become QPR instructors.

SafeTALK
SafeTALK is a half-day training program that teaches participants to recognize and engage persons who might be having thoughts of suicide and to connect them with community resources trained in suicide intervention. SafeTALK stresses safety while challenging taboos that inhibit open talk about suicide. The SafeTALK fact sheet is at The Living Works web site is (www.livingworks.net).