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Information for faith-based and community leaders

These guidelines provide practical steps faith and community leaders can take in order to promote mental health recovery, help seeking and awareness of mental health issues. 

Creator 
Partnership Center, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Department of Health and Human Services
Publisher 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

VA/DoD clinical practice guideline for assessment and management of patients at risk for suicide

The Clinical Practice Guideline for the Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk was developed under the auspices of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). VHA and DoD define clinical practice guidelines as: “Recommendations for the performance or exclusion of specific procedures or services derived through a rigorous methodological approach that includes: Determination of appropriate criteria such as effectiveness, efficacy, population benefit, or patient satisfaction; and Literature review to determine the strength of the evidence in relation to these criteria.”

The intent of the guidelines is to:
• Reduce current unwarranted practice variation and provide facilities with a structured framework to help improve patient outcomes (prevent suicide and other forms of suicidal self-directed violent behavior)
• Provide evidence-based recommendations to assist providers and their patients in the decision-making process
• Identify outcome measures to support the development of practice-based evidence that can ultimately be used to improve clinical guidelines.

Creator 
The Assessment and Management of Risk for Suicide Working Group
Publisher 
Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense
Date published 
2013
Full Text Online 
Yes

Work and suicide prevention position statement

This position statement seeks to address the significant gaps exist in the understanding of the relationship between work and suicide, which can limit prevention efforts. The statement was released on February 20, 2014 at the Construction Industry inaugural Mental Health Conference in Brisbane. Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) calls on organizations of all sizes to implement workplace policies and programs that promote a mentally healthy workforce and prevent suicide behaviors. The position statement also provides recommendations for employers to take action to prevent suicide.

Creator 
Suicide Prevention Australia
Publisher 
Suicide Prevention Australia
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

A practitioner's resource guide: Helping families to support their LGBT children

This resource guide offers information and resources to help practitioners throughout health and social service systems implement best practices in engaging and helping families and caregivers to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children. Research has shown that compared to LGBT young adults who reported high levels of family rejection during adolescence were 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide.
 

Creator 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Publisher 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Contributor 
Caitlin Ryan, Director, Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

A Manager’s Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace: 10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide

Setting 
Workplaces
Type of Program 
Guidelines & Protocols
2001 NSSP Goals Addressed 
1.4, 2.1, 10.1, 10.2, 10.4
Description 

A Manager's Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace provides clear steps for postvention, giving leadership a sense of how to: provide an immediate response to the traumatic event; follow a short-term recovery plan; and develop long-term strategies for helping employees cope. The publication provides succinct procedures with checklists and flow charts and serves as a go-to guide for people dealing with the crisis of suicide. The goal of the guide is to help reduce the impact of the suicide event by offering a blueprint for handling these challenging situations. In addition to providing immediate access to clear steps to take for moving forward in the wake of a traumatic event, the guide helps workplaces plan to move from a solely reactive position to a proactive approach, including policy development and employee training. It is available online without charge from the Carson J Spencer Foundation.

A Manager's Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace provides clear steps for postvention, giving leadership a sense of how to: provide an immediate response to the traumatic event; follow a short-term recovery plan; and develop long-term strategies for helping employees cope. The publication provides succinct procedures with checklists and flow charts and serves as a go-to guide for people dealing with the crisis of suicide. The goal of the guide is to help reduce the impact of the suicide event by offering a blueprint for handling these challenging situations.

Program Description 

A Manager's Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace provides clear steps for postvention, giving leadership a sense of how to: provide an immediate response to the traumatic event; follow a short-term recovery plan; and develop long-term strategies for helping employees cope. The publication provides succinct procedures with checklists and flow charts and serves as a go-to guide for people dealing with the crisis of suicide. The goal of the guide is to help reduce the impact of the suicide event by offering a blueprint for handling these challenging situations. In addition to providing immediate access to clear steps to take for moving forward in the wake of a traumatic event, the guide helps workplaces plan to move from a solely reactive position to a proactive approach, including policy development and employee training.

The guide was created through the collaboration of numerous experts and organizations, including the American Association of Suicidology, the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and the Carson J Spencer Foundation. Collaborators worked to create a set of guidelines that are useful across varied types of workplaces, and they expect a range of individuals within these organizations and companies to find the information immediately helpful. This guide can be useful to managers at all levels–from the CEO of a large business to a front-line supervisor at a small organization.

Objectives 

Managers who use the guide and follow the checklists will have greater ability to:
1. Reduce suicide risk amongst employees after a suicide death.
2. Promote healthy grieving and to link those in need to resources.
3. Transition from suicide postvention to suicide prevention.

Implementation Essentials 

Managers who use the guide should be familiar with resources and services for employees who may need help.

Contact Information 
Sally Spencer-Thomas
CEO & Co-Founder
Carson J Spencer Foundation
1385 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite A-316
Denver, CO 80222
Phone: 303-219-5045
Organization 
Carson J Spencer Foundation
Costs 

A Manager's Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplaceis available online at no charge. 

First Posted 
Jan 17 2014

Editors’ code of practice

This set of guidelines that is widely used in the UK concerns ethical considerations in reporting.  It includes the following statement, “When reporting suicide, care should be taken to avoid excessive detail about the method used."

Creator 
Press Complaints Commission
Publisher 
Press Complaints Commission
Date published 
2011
Full Text Online 
Yes

Responding to a Cry for Help: Best Practices for Online Technologies

Setting 
Online Technologies
Type of Program 
Guidelines & Protocols
2001 NSSP Goals Addressed 
2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 4.3

Responding to a Cry for Help: Best Practices for Online Technologies provides recommendations for the development of policies and resources that decrease suicide risk amongst users of online technologies. The recommendations are organized into basic, mid-level and advanced levels. Basic recommendations address providing help, policies for responding to suicide content, and referrals. Mid-level recommendations address guidelines, user reporting, partnerships, contextual messaging, and education. Advanced recommendations address timely response, outreach, and cultural competency.

Program Description 

Responding to a Cry for Help: Best Practices for Online Technologiesprovides recommendations for the development of policies and resources that decrease suicide risk amongst users of online technologies. The recommendations are organized into basic, mid-level and advanced levels.  Basic recommendations address providing help, policies for responding to suicide content, and referrals. Mid-level recommendations address guidelines, user reporting, partnerships, contextual messaging, and education. Advanced recommendations address timely response, outreach, and cultural competency.  

Officials from online technology companies and suicide prevention professionals had two face-to-face meetings to discuss and create the recommendations. The recommendations were further refined through a review of relevant literature, additional expert review, and discussions. The initial meeting was conducted by Daniel Reidenberg of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) and officials from Facebook, Google, YouTube, Microsoft, Tumbler, Twitter, Wordpress, Yahoo, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Suicide Research Unit—Medical University of Vienna, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Research regarding suicide prevention amongst users of online technologies is in its infancy. There remains is still much to be learned. It is therefore important to acknowledge that these recommendations are based upon the best available knowledge and are subject to revision as more is learned.

Program Objectives 

Organizations that use the Responding to a Cry for Help: Best Practices for Online Technologies will have:

  1. Increased knowledge of suicide prevention resources for technology platforms and social media.
  2. Increased knowledge of how technology platforms and social media can help reduce suicide risk amongst online technology users.
Contact Information 

Dan Reidenberg
Executive Director
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
8120 Penn Avenue South, Suite 470
Bloomington, MN 55431
Voice: 952-946-7998
Fax: 952-829-0841
Email: dreidenberg@save.org
Website: www.save.org

Costs 

Responding to a Cry for Help: Best Practices for Online Technologies is available without charge. Copies can be downloaded from www.preventtheattempt.com.

First Posted 
Dec 16 2013

Suicide prevention in juvenile correctional facilities

This two-part webinar series guides juvenile justice administrators and staff in creating and implementing suicide prevention policies within juvenile detention facilities.  It describes the demographic and facility characteristics of juvenile suicide and teaches the eight critical components of a sound suicide prevention policy: staff training: intake screening and ongoing assessment; communication; housing; levels of supervision; intervention; reporting and mortality review. .

Creator 
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
Publisher 
Education Development Center (EDC)
Contributor 
Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA); Hayes, Lindsay (National Center on Institutions and Alternatives)
Date published 
2012
Full Text Online 
Yes

JedCampus

Setting 
Colleges and Universities
Type of Program 
Guidelines & Protocols
2001 NSSP Goals Addressed 
5.2, 8.3 (2012)
Description 

JedCampus is an online self-assessment program that provides colleges with a tool to evaluate their compliance with the elements of the Jed Foundation/SPRC Model for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention (including strategic planning). Schools that meet minimum standards across the following eight domains receive a JedCampus seal: (1) strategic planning, (2) Identifying students at risk, (3) educate gatekeepers on campus, (4) provide mental Health services, (5) restrict access to potentially lethal means, (6) create and follow crisis management procedures, (7) increase help-seeking behavior, and (8) develop life skills/promote social networks. JedCampus is available from the Jed Foundation for a fee.

Program Description 

JedCampus is an online self-assessment program that provides colleges with a tool to evaluate their compliance with the elements of the Jed Foundation (TJF)/Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) model for college- and university-based mental health promotion and suicide prevention (including strategic planning). Schools will be given guidance in planning and programming as part of the program and schools that are in adequate compliance with the model will be awarded a JedCampus seal. The goal is to create positive movement toward greater adoption of the elements of this public/community health model. 

Further goals of the problem include: educating higher administration in colleges as to the importance of supporting student emotional health and wellbeing, as well as campus suicide prevention activities; alerting parents of young people applying for college about the nature and breadth of support services on various college campuses; and finally, as sufficient data is collected, to evaluate the impact of mental health programming on suicide and hospitalization rates among students and to explore the relationship between campus mental health programming and student retention. Schools that meet minimum standards across the following eight domains receive a JedCampus seal: (1) strategic planning, (2) Identifying students at risk, (3) educate gatekeepers on campus, (4) provide mental Health services, (5) restrict access to potentially lethal means, (6) create and follow crisis management procedures, (7) increase help-seeking behavior, and (8) develop life skills/promote social networks.

Elements of the TJF/SPRC model were reviewed and converted to survey questions with the input of an advisory panel of mental health experts, college counseling directors, and leaders and student affairs leadership. The survey was then piloted in a project with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). The survey was reviewed again with higher education and college counseling leaders and input was received from theory of change experts from the Poses Family Foundation. 

Objectives 

Colleges and universities that use JedCampus will have greater:
1. Understanding of the degree of their compliance with the Jed Foundation/SPRC model among colleges.
2. Ability to aid families in the college selection process.
3. Ability to evaluate impact of model compliance on suicide rates, hospital admissions and days, and college retention/graduation rates.

Implementation Essentials 
  • Colleges and universities that use JedCampus should be knowledgeable about The Jed Foundation/SPRC model for mental health promotion and suicide prevention.
Contact Information 
Victor Schwartz, MD
Medical Director, The Jed Foundation
1140 Broadway, suite 803
New York, NY 10001
Voice: 212-647-7544
Website (Foundation): www.jedfoundation.org
Website (Program): www.jedcampus.org
Organization 
The Jed Foundation
Costs 

JedCampus costs $650. This includes submission of the survey, feedback report, and feedback call and seal if school is eligible. This price may increase but may also be adjusted for schools that cannot afford it.

First Posted 
Nov 12 2013

Interpreting suicide data: Special considerations for small populations

This fact sheet is associated with the SPRC Training Institute course, Locating and Using Data for Suicide Prevention. It describes ways to interpret suicide data in small populations, including by using confidence intervals, and discusses the issue of suicide clusters in small populations.

Creator 
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
Publisher 
Education Development Center (EDC)
Date published 
2012
Full Text Online 
Yes
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