National Resources

Educational Tools & Resources

The Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) have produced a fundraising guide to show you how (and whom) to ask for resources to support your suicide prevention advocacy work. The guide presents new ways to think about fundraising, a review of fundraising strategies and guidance on selecting a fundraising approach and moving forward with a specific activity.

Click here to download the guide: Fundraising Guide


Suicide Post-vention in Schools – The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), two of the nation’s leading suicide prevention organizations, have collaborated to produce this toolkit to assist schools in the aftermath of a suicide (or other death) in the school community. This toolkit was created to help schools determine what to do, when, and how.

Click here to download the tool kit: After a Suicide: A Tool Kit for Schools


To Live to See the Great Day That Dawns – This 172-page publication, To Live To See the Great Day That Dawns: Preventing Suicide by American Indian and Alaska Native Youth and Young Adults, helps address the problem of suicide and promote mental health among Native young people. The guide answers the question, “What are the strengthening factors that are known to help protect young people against suicide?”

To download the publication, click here: To Live To See the Great Day That Dawns

THRIVE – NPAIHB

The suicide prevention project at the NPAIHB is THRIVE which stands for Tribal Health: Reaching out InVolves Everyone. THRIVE works to reduce suicide rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives living in the Pacific Northwest by increasing tribal capacity to prevent suicide and by improving regional collaborations. Staff provide programmatic technical assistance, suicide prevention training and resources to the Northwest Tribes.

For more information, visit the THRIVE website here.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under grant no. 1U79SM062297 and is located at Education Development Center, Inc.

You can find more information here.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

For more information, visit SAMHSA here.

American Association of Suicidology (AAS)

Founded in 1968 by Edwin S. Shneidman, PhD, AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. In addition, AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide. The membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide loss, attempt survivors, and a variety of lay persons who have in interest in suicide prevention.

AAS, a not-for-profit organization, encourages and welcomes both individual and organizational members. For more information visit the AAS website here.

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (NAASP)

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is the public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) by:

-Championing suicide prevention as a national priority
-Catalyzing efforts to implement high priority objectives of the NSSP
-Cultivating the resources needed to sustain progress

To learn more, visit the NAASP website here.

Zero Suicide

Zero Suicide is a key concept of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a priority of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance), a project of Education Development Center’s Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), and supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under care within health and behavioral health systems are preventable. It presents both a bold goal and an aspirational challenge.

To learn more, visit Zero Suicide here.

National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than 400 substance use and mental health interventions. NREPP was developed to help the public learn more about evidence-based interventions that are available for implementation. To view the NREPP registry, visit the website here.

Media Tools

Reporting on Suicide in the Media – Risk of additional suicides increases when the story explicitly describes the suicide method, uses dramatic/ graphic headlines or images, and repeated/extensive coverage sensationalizes or glamorizes a death. Covering suicide carefully, even briefly, can change public misconceptions and correct myths, which can encourage those who are vulnerable or at risk to seek help. These guides describe best practices for reporting on suicide.

Click here to download the guides: Reporting on Suicide


Working With the Media – Sharing consistent messages about suicide and suicide prevention, when working with the media and other stakeholders, helps you to become proactive in changing the way suicide, mental health and the like are perceived. The tool kit described above, “After a Suicide: A Tool Kit for Schools” has great resources for working with the media that can be adapted to suit your particular needs.


Engaging the Media – Media outreach is a critical component of most advocacy campaigns. To be effective, media outreach must complement your advocacy agenda and enable you to reach key individuals and policy-makers. Before developing an effective media outreach program, you must understand how to work with the media strategically. This 45-page guide helps you develop a successful media strategy that can assist in eliminating stigma, encourage those in need to seek help, and reduce the number of lives lost to suicide.

Click here to download: Guide to Engaging the Media in Suicide Prevention

 

Searchable Online Libraries

Suicide Prevention Resource Center Online Library – Searchable collection of resource materials on various topics in suicide, suicide prevention and mental health.

Click here to access: SPRC Library


Indian Health Service Suicide Prevention Resource Archive – Searchable collection of resource materials specific to suicide prevention in Native American communities.

Click here to access: IHS Resource Archive