Resources for Providers

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


Macarthur Depression Toolkit
The toolkit is provided free of charge and contains detailed, evidence-based information about treating depression as well as numerous tools for primary care providers.

Patient Health Questionnaire Depression Scale (PHQ-9)
The PHQ-9 is the 9-item depression scale of the Patient Health Questionnaire. The final item screens for the presence of suicidal ideation. May be downloaded free of charge.

RESPECT-Mil Primary Care Clinician’s Manual
Designed for primary care providers, this manual describes the RESPECT-Mil program for soldiers using a systematic primary care approach to the management of depression and PTSD.

Improving Access to Health Care

Federally Funded Community Health Center Locator
A locator for federally funded health centers – search by zip code. These Health Centers work in communities, providing access to high quality, family oriented, comprehensive primary and preventive health care, regardless of patients’ ability to pay.

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
1-800-662-HELP (4357)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the federal government provides an online sourse of information for locating treatmnt facilitites in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

Telemental Health Guide
The telemental health guide, which was funded by SAMHSA, contains an overview of what telemental health is and how it is being used to improve access to mental health services. It provides information about how to develop and sustain telemental health services in your community.

Means Restriction

Lok It Up Campaign
LOK-IT-UP raises awareness about the importance of safe firearm storage, informs the public about safe storage options, and promotes the availability of safe storage devices. The Public Health Seattle King County website contains information for healthcare providers including brochures and answers to important questions regarding gun storage.

Means Matter
The Means Matter website, created by the Harvard Injury Control Research Center at the Harvard School of Public Health, contains information on means reduction and why it is important. Means reduction statistics and programs are provide by state.

Safe Use of Prescription Pain Medication Brochure
A 3.5 x 8.5 informational brochure describing how to use prescription pain medication safely, dangers of not following the directions, possible signs of overdose, and how to safely dispose of unwanted or expired medication. May be downloaded free of charge in English and Spanish.

Substance Abuse

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention
A printable guide for public health practitioners produced by the American Public Health Association.

Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician’s Guide and Related Professional Support Resources
A guide for clinicians produced by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Includes the downloadable guide, a medications update, a PowerPoint presentation, and a 10 minute interactive video course. The downloadable and video courses include free CME/CE credits.

Screening for Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use
A Web-based interactive tool produced by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to guide clinicians through a short series of screening questions and, based on the patient’s responses, generate a substance involvement score that suggests the level of intervention needed. Also provides links to resources for conducting a brief intervention and treatment referral, if warranted.

Suicide Fact Sheets

Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide
This primer provides a brief overview of the importance of risk and protective factors as they relate to suicide and offers guidance about how communities can best use them to decrease suicide risk.

U.S. Suicide Fact Sheet
This 2-page fact sheet provides a basic overview of suicide, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Trainings and Guides

After an Attempt: A Guide for Medical Providers in the Emergency Department Taking Care of Suicide Attempt Survivors
Brochure intended to provide medical professionals with tips on how to enhance care in the emergency department for people who have attempted suicide. The guide also contains information on HIPAA, patient discharge, and resources about suicide for medical professionals, patients and their families.

Is Your Patient Suicidal?
A four-color poster that provides Emergency Department practitioners with information on recognizing and responding to acute suicide risk. It is designed to be hung in staff-only areas. The poster features the most common and noticeable warning signs of acute risk for suicide as well as simple questions clinical staff can ask to uncover suicide risk when warning signs are noticed or suspected. The poster, resource guide, and accompanying information insert can be ordered from the Emergency Nurses Association through the ENA Marketplace (

Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk in Primary Care
A training Developed by the American Association of Suicidology in collaboration with primary care practitioners specifically for primary care physicians and staff.

SAFE-T Pocket Card
The SAFE-T Card guides mental health clinicians through five steps which address the patient’s level of suicide risk and suggest appropriate interventions. It is intended to provide an accessible and portable resource to the professional whose clinical practice includes suicide assessment. The card lists key risk and protective factors that should be considered in the course of completing the five-steps. The PDF image of the card prints out on in the center of 8.5 X 11 paper because the original is a 6x7 2-sided, folded pocket card. Quantities of the SAFE-T cards are available for order through Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (see SAFE-T Card Order Form). To obtain a free print-quality file for reproducing the cards, please email, include your name, organization/company, and your plans for using the SAFE-T Cards.

Safety Planning Guide
The pocket-sized safety planning guide reminds clinicians of the most important points to cover in collaboratively developing a safety plan with a patient. The guide was adapted from content developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

State Suicide Prevention Coordinators
Contact your state suicide prevention coordinator to determine whether there are additional suicide prevention posters and other materials available in your state.

Talking With Your Adult Patients About Alcohol, Drug, and/or Mental Health Problems: A Discussion Guide for Primary Health Care Providers
An online guide to equip primary health care providers with questions to begin discussions with their patients about alcohol, illicit drug, and mental health problems, as well as co-occurring disorders. This brief guide also includes resources for patients who need an evaluation based on positive screening results.