Preventing suicide: A technical package of policies, programs, and practices

Date: 2017
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)


Type:  Manual
Author:  Stone D, Holland K, Bartholow B, Crosby A, Davis S & Wilkins N.
Publisher:  National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This technical package represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent suicide. These strategies include: strengthening economic supports; strengthening access and delivery of suicide care; creating protective environments; promoting connectedness; teaching coping and problem-solving skills; identifying and supporting people at risk; and lessening harms and preventing future risk. The strategies represented in this package include those with a focus on preventing the risk of suicide as well as approaches to lessen the immediate and long-term harms of suicidal behavior for individuals, families, communities, and society. The strategies in the technical package support the goals and objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s priority to strengthen community-based prevention.2 Commitment, cooperation, and leadership from numerous sectors, including public health, education, justice, health care, social services, business, labor, and government can bring about the successful implementation of this package.

Planning and Implementing:  Overview of Suicide Prevention, Finding and Using Data, Program Evaluation, Evidence-Based Prevention, Partnerships and Coalitions, Policy and Legislation
Strategies:  Overview of Strategies, Identify and Assist, Gatekeeper Training, Effective Care/Treatment, Care Transitions/Linkages, Postvention, Reduce Access to Means, Life Skills and Resilience, Connectedness