State Infrastructure Tools

Recommendations and Related Products

  • State Infrastructure Recommendations 
    This document is a PDF version of the recommendations. You can read real-life examples from around the United States for each recommendation on each essential element page: Authorize, Lead, Partner, Examine, Build and Guide.
  • Data Infrastructure Recommendations
    This detailed supplement to the Recommendations for State Suicide Prevention Infrastructure can help state and local leaders understand the data resources and systems needed to effectively direct suicide prevention efforts.
  • Summary Recommendations for State Suicide Prevention Infrastructure  
    The summary recommendations provide an overview of the essential elements for state infrastructure. This document also contains an editable section to provide your audience with information relevant to your state.
  • State Infrastructure Success Stories
    This series of success stories highlights real-life examples of states that built infrastructure essential for advancing suicide prevention.
  • Building State Infrastructure in Your State (Archived Webinar)
    In this archived webinar, presenters from SPRC, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and NAMI New Hampshire explore the Infrastructure Recommendations and how you can use them to build suicide prevention infrastructure in your state.
  • Creating a Stronger Data Infrastructure for Suicide Prevention (Archived Webinar)
    This archived webinar highlights six concrete recommendations for creating infrastructure to support data-driven decision-making. Presenters from Colorado and Texas also share examples of how these recommendations have been applied in their states to build a stronger data infrastructure.

    Tools for Implementation

    • Getting Started Guide
      This Getting Started Guide helps states implement the Recommendations for State Suicide Prevention Infrastructure.
    • Essential Elements Assessment Tool
      This worksheet helps users identify the essential elements from the Recommendations for State Suicide Prevention Infrastructure that your state currently has in place and/or that are missing from your state’s suicide prevention infrastructure.​
    • Timeline Development Worksheet
      This worksheet is designed to help you develop a timeline for each phase of your state’s infrastructure development in conjunction with the Getting Started Guide.​
    • State Infrastructure Summary Checklist 
      This checklist is an interactive version of the summary recommendations and provides users with an editable section to add notes.
    • Suicide State Fact Sheets (from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) 
      These fact sheets contain state-specific information about existing suicide prevention leadership structure and legislation. They also include data to help you make the case for improving infrastructure in your state.
    • State Suicide Prevention Coordinator Position Descriptions
      This packet of position descriptions contains real-life examples from three U.S. states that can be used in full or in part by any state.​

      For Champions

      • Using SPRC’s State Suicide Prevention Infrastructure RecommendationsTalking Points for Advocates (from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
        ​This handy resource will help you prepare for, meet with, and follow up with policy makers regarding your state’s infrastructure.
      • Cover Letter for State Policymakers 
        This cover letter, written by former Senators Linda Newell and Randall Head, introduces their fellow state policymakers to the summary recommendations for State Suicide Prevention Infrastructure and makes a compelling case for states to shift their focus from crisis response to prevention. You can use this resource when talking with your state’s policymakers about suicide prevention infrastructure.