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National Suicide Prevention Resources


Advancing Suicide Prevention is a new and provocative publication in the health policy/social services arena. This bimonthly magazine presents issues, trends and state-of-the-science on suicide prevention from diverse perspectives and for diverse audiences. http://www.advancingsp.org/


The American Association of Suicidology has a comprehensive listing of crisis centers as well as a national directory of support groups for survivors of suicide. http://www.suicidology.org/


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a national organization with information on suicide prevention programs and support for people who have lost a loved one to suicide. http://www.afsp.org/

Institute on agingInstitute on Aging/Friendship Line

The Friendship Line is a national crisis intervention hotline is providing specialized services to older adults in distress. The Friendship Line is currently the only accredited, free, 24-hour crisis hotline for seniors in the country, receiving approximately 8,000 to 8,500 calls a month. Run by trained staff and volunteers, the Friendship Line provides a variety of services via both incoming and outgoing calls, including suicide prevention, emotional support, and mental health check-ins.  "We really believe that even one person . . . providing meaningful conversation with a lonely older person can make all the difference between life and death."  www.ioaging.org/services/all-inclusive-health-care/friendship-line 


LivingWorks Education Inc. LivingWorks has been helping communities become suicide-safer since 1983. Their programs are part of national, regional and organizational suicide prevention strategies around the world. Developed using Rothman’s Social R&D Model, their programs prepare community helpers to intervene and prevent suicide. These learning experiences are interactive, practical, regularly updated and customizable. Comprehensive, layered and integrated, there is a program for everyone who wants to help. http://www.livingworks.net/

The National Council for Suicide Prevention (NCSP) has a mission is to further effective suicide prevention through collaborative activities and information sharing in order to save lives. http://www.ncsp.org/


NOPCAS (National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide) is an organization founded by three African-American suicide survivors. Its goals are to bring suicide and depression awareness to minority communities that have historically been discounted from traditional awareness programs. http://www.nopcas.com/

positiveaging.jpgPositive Aging Resource Center (PARC) was established in 2002 as part of the Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE) initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to improve the quality of mental health care and service delivery for older adults. PARC serves as a resource to older adults and caregivers, health and social service professionals, and policy makers. http://positiveaging.org/

qpr.jpgThe QPR Institute offers comprehensive suicide prevention training programs and educational and clinical materials for the general public, professionals, and institutions. Please also refer to our online training page for more information. http://www.qprinstitute.com/

screening mental health.jpgScreening for Mental Health offers organizations the tools to provide screening and education for today's most pressing mental health problems: depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol problems, generalized anxiety disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. They also offer suicide prevention programs across the lifecycle and programs that help government agencies address disaster mental health. http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/

samhsa.pngSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a clear vision for its work -- a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources -- programs, policies and grants -- toward that outcome. http://samhsa.gov/index.aspx



Suicide: Finding Hope   To battle the stigma of suicide, we offer comprehensive information aboutwhat suicide is, who it affects, and how we can help people find hope again. www.suicidefindinghope.com



sprc.pngThe Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) supports suicide prevention with the best of science, skills and practice. The Center provides prevention support, training, and informational materials to strengthen suicide prevention networks and advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. http://www.sprc.org/

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