Suicide Prevention is an umbrella term for the collective efforts of local citizen organizations, health professionals and related professionals to reduce the incidence of suicide.
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline know it is possible to reduce deaths from suicide like we have reduced heart disease fatalities and other leading causes of death. For every person who dies by suicide annually, there are another 278 people who have thought seriously about suicide who don’t kill themselves, and nearly 60 who have survived a suicide attempt. The overwhelming majority of these individuals will go on to live out their lives. These untold stories of hope and recovery are the stories of suicide prevention, stories that inform the Lifeline and the Action Alliance’s efforts to prevent more suicides every day.
We started HelpGuide in 1999, dedicated to our daughter, Morgan Segal. We believe her tragic suicide could have been avoided if she had access to professional information that gave her help and hope. We wanted to create an online experience that empowers people to help themselves create better mental health.
During the last 16 years we kept expanding and refining the website. We stay on top of developments in the psychological, social, and medical sciences, both through our own research and via our collaboration with Harvard Health Publications. HelpGuide has become a globally acclaimed resource serving over 80 million people annually.
Lifeline Crisis Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in partnersip with CONTACT USA. It is the first service of its kind where crisis centers across the United States have joined together to form one national chat network that can provide online emotional support, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention services. The chat specialists are here to listen and support you through whatever difficult times you may be facing.
Would you know what to do if you or a friend was experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition? If you don’t, that’s OK. That’s why we created this infographic. Knowing how to recognize the signs of a mental health condition and how to respond is critical to getting support and care. Addressing concerns early can lead to better outcomes, so get the help that your friend, family member or you need.
The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) Toolkit is a free resource for medical settings (emergency department, inpatient medical/surgical units, outpatient clinics/primary care) that can help nurses or physicians successfully identify youth at risk for suicide. The ASQ is a set of four screening questions that takes 20 seconds to administer. In an NIMH study, a “yes” response to one or more of the four questions identified 97% of youth (aged 10 to 21 years) at risk for suicide. By enabling early identification and assessment of young patients at high risk for suicide, the ASQ toolkit can play a key role in suicide prevention.
The revised strategy emphasizes the role every American can play in protecting their friends, family members, and colleagues from suicide. It also provides guidance for schools, businesses, health systems, clinicians and many other sectors that takes into account nearly a decade of research and other advancements in the field since the last strategy was published. The NSSP features 13 goals and 60 objectives with the themes that suicide prevention should follow.
Helps individuals in suicidal crisis to contact the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider through a toll-free phone number.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s With Help Comes Hope website has information for survivors, friends and family, and clinicians. It also includes a therapist and support group finder, videos, and a timeline of the attempt survivor movement.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength.c health problem.
In the United States, suicide claims the lives of more people than homicide and HIV combined. In addition, 1 million adults attempt suicide every year. Suicide touches everyone—all ages and backgrounds, all racial and ethnic groups, in all parts of the country. And the emotional toll on those left behind endures long after the event. There is help—and hope—when individuals, organizations, and communities join forces to address suicide as a preventable public health problem.
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.