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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide is a serious issue that affects many people throughout the country today. People with disabilities often face depression and stress, which can sometimes lead to suicidal thoughts. The main goal of all the resources in this list is to prevent suicide and help people find other ways to cope. Additionally, several of these resources are geared towards young people and educators. 

Thank you to Monica Turner for gathering these great resources. 

Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s (SPRC) mission is to train service providers, educators, health professionals, public officials, and community-based coalitions to develop effective suicide prevention programs and policies. SPRC offers free, self-paced, online courses.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Classroom Curriculum on Youth Suicide Prevention - Working with health educators from around the state, DPI has created a model health class curriculum for middle and high school that meets all the requirements in state law. You can download these curricula as well as learn about additional reasons to educate students, how to educate them in a way that doesn’t raise risk factors, and ways to connect your classroom education to other activities in your school.


 SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program (SOS) - SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program is an award-winning, nationally recognized program designed for middle and high school-age students. The program teaches students how to identify the symptoms of depression and suicidality in themselves or their friends, and encourages help-seeking through the use of the ACT® technique (Acknowledge, Care, Tell).

Linking Education and Awareness for Depression and Suicide (LEADS) for Youth is a school-based suicide prevention curriculum designed for high schools and educators that links depression awareness and suicide prevention. LEADS for Youth is an informative and interactive opportunity for students and teachers to increase knowledge and awareness of depression and suicide.

American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention or who have been touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention.  By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has been at the forefront of a wide range of suicide prevention initiatives -- each designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. This organization is investing in groundbreaking research, new educational campaigns, innovative demonstration projects and critical policy work. They are also expanding their assistance to people whose lives have been affected by suicide, reaching out to offer support and offering opportunities to become involved in prevention.

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