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Responding to grief, trauma, and distress after a suicide: U.S. National guidelines

These guidelines provide a unified, far-reaching blueprint for the development of suicide postvention at all levels of U.S. society. The overarching goal is to reduce the deleterious effects of exposure to suicide and facilitate the process of healing from a suicide loss. The guidelines call for an integrated and compassionate community response to deaths by suicide in every kind of community in the country.

Creator 
Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force
Publisher 
Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
Date published 
2015
Full Text Online 
Yes

The war within: Preventing suicide in the U.S. military

This review of the current evidence details suicide epidemiology in the military, identifies “state of the art” suicide prevention programs, describes and catalogs suicide prevention activities in the Department of Defense (DoD) and across each service, and recommends ways to ensure that the activities in the DoD and across each service reflect the best of prevention science. 

Creator 
Ramchand R, Acosta J, Burns RM, Jaycox LH, Pernin CG.
Publisher 
Rand Center for Military Health Policy Research
Contributor 
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Date published 
2011
Full Text Online 
Yes

Building the evaluation capacity of local programs serving American Indian/Alaska Native populations: Lessons learned

This report describes the activities of 34 tribal communities served by CAPT under SAMHSA’s Science to Service Initiative conducted between 2010 and 2014. The locally-developed programs addressed substance abuse and associated factors both causal (primarily historical trauma) and consequential (primarily suicide). The report discusses evaluation processes, results, challenges and barriers to those programs. 

Creator 
Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT)
Publisher 
Education Development Center (EDC)
Contributor 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

National Center for Campus Public Safety

The National Center for Campus Public Safety brings together all forms of campus public safety, professional associations, advocacy organizations, community leaders, and others to improve and expand services to those who are charged with providing a safe environment on the campuses of colleges and universities. It promotes campus public safety efforts and develops comprehensive responses, resources and strategies, as well as delivering training and technical assistance to campus security teams, student affairs professionals and key stakeholders. 

Creator 
Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC.
Publisher 
Incubox
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Yes

Opioid overdose toolkit

This toolkit equips communities and local governments with material to develop policies and practices to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. It addresses issues for first responders, treatment providers, and those recovering from opioid overdose.

Creator 
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
Publisher 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

Towards evidence-based suicide prevention programmes

This monograph attempts to set out the basic framework for suicide prevention strategies. It provides details in formulating and evaluating suicide prevention programs. The public health approaches suggested offer a multilayer intervention model, which has been adopted by a number of developed countries for setting up national prevention strategies. However, there is no single solution in dealing with suicide in a heterogeneous environment. Suicide prevention programs need to be evaluated. Where there is not necessary evidence, novel approaches must be simultaneously implemented and rigorously evaluated.

Creator 
World Health Organization (WHO)
Publisher 
World Health Organization (WHO)
Date published 
2010
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Yes

CDC Office of the Associate Director for Policy

This portal provides information concerning effective prevention and public health policies and interventions, as well as the use of credible evidence of prevention’s impact by policy makers, health care and the business community. It links to the CDC Health Policy Series, a collection of policy briefs designed to provide practical guidance to state and local public health practitioners, highlighting specific opportunities for public health to engage with health care to improve population health. The CDC Policy Process provides a framework which includes domains from problem identification through evaluation.

Creator 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Publisher 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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Yes

Suicide risk in adolescents, adults and older adults: Screening

The Task Force concluded that although there was some evidence of effectiveness that screening may detect risk of suicide especially in adults, the evidence is insufficient at this time to recommend screening in primary care. It was noted that psychotherapy may prevent suicide attempts in some high-risk adults, but effective interventions for high-risk adolescents have not yet been proven. This statement updates an earlier statement published in 2004. This page links to the full set of recommendations and summaries.

Creator 
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Publisher 
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

DCoE resource catalog

This catalog identifies resources produced by DCoE and its three centers: Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, Deployment Health Clinical Center, and National Center for Telehealth and Technology. It includes insights, standards, clinical tools and research products to the fields of psychological health and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Updated regularly, the catalog was developed for health care providers, service members, veterans and military families.  Users will find information on: organizational programs; websites; clinical practice recommendations and support tools; educational materials; product fact sheets; mobile applications and other resources. There is also a section on suicide.

Creator 
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE)
Publisher 
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE)
Contributor 
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, Deployment Health Clinical Center, and the National Center for Telehealth and Technology
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Yes

SAMHSA's concept of trauma and guidance for a trauma-informed approach

This publication introduces a concept of trauma and offers a framework for how an organization, system, service sector can become trauma-informed in order to address the service needs of traumatized individuals. It includes a definition of trauma (the three "E's"), a definition of a trauma-informed approach (the four "R's"), 6 key principles, and 10 implementation domains.

Creator 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Publisher 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes
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