Telephone Numbers for More Information on Receiving Help
National Mental Health Association 703-684-7722
Anxiety Disorders Association of America 301-231-9350
American Psychological Association 202-336-5500
American Psychiatric Association 202-682-6000
Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association 312-642-0049
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill 703-524-7600
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
The goal of the AAS is to understand and prevent suicide. Founded in 1968, AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers. AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to advancing knowledge of suicide and its preventable nature. The Foundation’s activities include:
(1) supporting research projects that further the understanding and treatment of depression and the prevention of suicide;
(2) providing information and education about depression and suicide;
(3) promoting professional education for the recognition and treatment of depressed and suicidal individuals;
(4) publicizing the magnitude of the problems of depression and suicide and the need for research, prevention, and treatment;
(5) supporting programs for suicide survivor treatment, research, and education.
The HELP Network
The HELP Network is an international network of medical and allied organizations dedicated to reducing firearm injuries and deaths. To achieve this goal, HELP promotes strategies that are based on public health research.
Institute of Medicine
The Institute of Medicine released a report entitled Reducing Suicide: A National Imperative. The report contains four recommendations from The Committee on Pathophysiology and Prevention of Adolescent and Adult Suicide, which examined the state of the science base, gaps in knowledge, strategies for prevention, and research designs for studying suicide. The report reflects different perspectives and levels of analysis and states precisely what decision makers need to do to advance the science and improve health and social perspectives. This project was funded by the CDC, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Veterans Administration. The views expressed in this report are those of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Pathophysiology and Prevention of Adolescent and Adult Suicide and are not necessarily those of the funding agencies. To view or purchase the report, see the National Academy Press website.
The Jason Foundation
In 1997, The Jason Foundation was founded by Clark Flatt after losing his sixteen year-old son, Jason, to the silent epidemic of youth suicide. Since then, The Jason Foundation has worked to help educate young people, parents, teachers, and others who work with young people about youth suicide. Their mission is helping young people deal with the pressures of growing up by offering choices other than suicide as an answer to problems.
The Jed Foundation
The Jed Foundation was established in order to prevent suicide on college campuses and focus on the underlying causes of suicide. The Jed Foundation convenes higher education and government leaders as well as scientific research and mental health experts in order to design effective prevention programs that reflect the best in current thinking. They create innovative web sites, such as Ulifeline™, which brings help directly to students by linking them to their respective college health centers.
Light for Life Foundation - Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program
A community-based outreach program of Light for Life Foundation International, Yellow Ribbon offers a program that teaches about the internal nature of depression and loneliness. Suicide Prevention Community Development, Gatekeeper Training, seminars, workshops with fully developed curriculum (and videos) are available.
The Links National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare
The LNRC is dedicated to reaching out to those affected by suicide and connecting them to resources, through speeches and workshops concerning depression, warning signs of suicide, and how to respond and get help; resource materials including a prevention packet of information; telephone counseling; information referrals concerning other resources and organizations; suicide curriculum for high school students and referrals for support groups for survivors of suicide (SOS).
National Center for Suicide Prevention Training
The National Center for Suicide Prevention Training currently has two Internet-based workshops. The first one, “Locating, Understanding, and Presenting Youth Suicide Data,” is available on an ongoing basis. The second workshop, "Planning and Evaluation for Youth Suicide Prevention," is being prepared for pilot testing. The Center’s website provides more information on training.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
NIMH is one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Federal government's principal biomedical and behavioral research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior. This public health mandate demands that NIMH harness powerful scientific tools to achieve better understanding, treatment, and eventually, prevention of these disabling conditions that affect millions of Americans. NIMH’s publication, In Harm’s Way: Suicide in America, is available from the NIMH website.
National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide (NOPCAS)
NOPCAS was formed to stop the tragic epidemic of suicide in minority communities. Their mission is to improve the knowledge of counselors, educators, parents, and peers about insight on depression, brain disorders, and coping methods.
The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP)
The NSSP represents the combined work of advocates, clinicians, researchers, and survivors nationwide. NSSP lays out a framework for developing an array of suicide-prevention services and programs. NSSP is a catalyst for social change and has the power to transform attitudes, policies, and services. The NSSP Goals and Objectives for Action was published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (May 2001) and includes guidance from the surgeon general.
National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center
Developed by CDC in partnership with 10 other federal partners, the Resource Center provides current information pertaining to youth violence that has been developed by federal agencies and the private sector. The NYVPRC is a gateway for professionals, parents, teens, and other interested individuals to obtain comprehensive information about youth violence—including suicide prevention and intervention.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
The OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs. OJJDP also works to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families. Their publication, "Juvenile Suicides, 1991–1998" (NCJ 196978), draws on CDC-compiled data to examine trends and characteristics of more than 20,000 suicides committed by juveniles during that period. "Juvenile Suicides" is available from the OJJDP website.
Reporting on Suicide: Recommendations for the Media
The media play a powerful role in educating multiple audiences about suicide prevention by informing readers and viewers about the likely causes of suicide, warning signs, trends in suicide rates, and recent advances in prevention. These recommendations will help guide the media in educating readers and viewers about the steps that can be taken to prevent suicide.
SA/VE (Suicide Awareness / Voices of Education)
SAVE's mission is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, eliminate stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.
SPAN USA (Suicide Prevention Action Network)
SPAN USA's is to provide a way for survivors of suicide - those who have lost someone to suicide - to transform their grief into positive action to prevent future tragedies.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA is the Federal agency charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
SAVE's mission is to educate about suicide prevention, eliminate stigma, and support those touched by suicide.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center supports suicide prevention by offering the best of science, skills, and practice. The Center provides technical assistance, training, and informational materials to strengthen suicide prevention networks and advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
The Suicide Prevention Action Network
The Suicide Prevention Action Network USA is a non-profit national organization that links the energy of those bereaved or touched by suicide with the expertise of leaders in science, health, business, government and public service to achieve the goal of significantly reducing the national rate of suicide by the year 2010.
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Suicide
This document introduces a blueprint for addressing suicide: Awareness, Intervention, and Methodology (AIM). This approach is derived from the collaborative deliberations of the 1st National Suicide Prevention Conference participants. As a framework for suicide prevention, AIM includes 15 key recommendations that were refined from consensus and evidence-based findings presented at the Reno conference.
Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing
This website is designed specifically for mental health professionals, substance-abuse counselors, school counselors, primary-care physicians, and psychiatric nurses who are looking for information on the development of suicide prevention skills, crisis intervention skills, and advanced clinical interviewing skills.
Violence and Injury Prevention Program
The Violence and Injury Prevention Program offers online resources for family members, health care professionals, forensic examiners, law enforcement officers, and others in the aging, mental health, long-term care, and public health network.
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Report on Violence and Health
This report, produced by the WHO, is written mainly for researchers and practitioners. Its goals are to raise global awareness about the problems of violence and to make the case that violence is preventable and that public health systems have a crucial role to play in addressing its causes and consequences. The report includes a chapter specifically on self-directed violence.
Youth Suicide Prevention Program
The Youth Suicide Prevention Program is dedicated to reducing youth suicide through training, public awareness and communities in action.