Suicide Prevention Links

American Association of Suicidology
AAS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. This site is designed as a resource for anyone concerned about suicide, including AAS members, suicide researchers, therapists, prevention specialists, survivors of suicide, and people who are themselves in crisis. You will also find a National Directory of Support Groups for Survivors of Suicide on this site.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
AFSP was founded in 1987 by concerned scientists, business and community leaders, and survivors of suicide in an effort to support the research and education needed to prevent suicide. This organization also offers educational programs and conferences for survivors, mental health professionals, physicians, and the public. This site contains a section dedicated to survivor support as well as a 1998 National Directory of Survivor Support Groups for families and friends of suicide.

Clients and Suicide: The Lawyer’s Dilemma
A collection of ethics opinions, law reviews, reports, and summaries related to legal professionals’ obligations towards clients who express suicidal ideation or an active wish to die. Courtesy of LLRX.com, an online law and technology resource for attorneys and people in related fields.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
DBSA’s website includes an extensive section on suicide prevention, offering information to help people with bipolar disorder understand suicidal thinking and to learn to overcome suicidal thoughts. This booklet includes straightforward sections covering topics such as recognizing risk factors, how to help someone who is considering suicide, and how to create a “Plan for Life”–a list of personal contact and medication information that you and the people helping you can consult in the event of a suicide crisis.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America – A Message on Suicide Prevention
in 1999, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) became the first formal faith community in the United States to issue an extensive message on suicide prevention. The contents may be adapted to any other faith community.

The Georgia Suicide Prevention Plan
The Georgia Suicide Prevention Plan provides a framework for getting everyone in Georgia involved in preventing suicide. The Plan has become a model for other states to follow and use.

The Link Counseling Center’s National Resource Center
For Suicide Prevention and Aftercare. Programs of The Link are Counseling and Psychotherapy, Children in Crisis and Grief, Suicide Prevention and Aftercare, Community Education, Training, and Supervision.

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is the public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP). This involves promoting suicide prevention as a national public health concern, catalyzing efforts to implement high priority objectives of the NSSP, and cultivating the resources needed to develop and maintain America’s suicide prevention resources.

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP)
The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) represents the combined work of advocates, clinicians, researchers and survivors around the nation. It lays out a framework for action to prevent suicide and guides development of an array of services and programs that must be developed. It is designed to be a catalyst for social change with 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 in May of 2001, with leadership from the Surgeon General.

National Council for Suicide Prevention
NCSP Mission statement: To further effective suicide prevention through collaborative activities and information sharing in order to save lives.

National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide
NOPCAS is a 501c (3) 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.

Office of Crisis Services and Suicide Prevention
This agency is part of the Division of Mental Health Services within the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. It includes information on the State of Tennessee’s telephone triage, crisis intervention, and follow-up services. The site also features a list of crisis stabilization units across the state.

Kristin Brooks Hope Center
Program manager of the National Hopeline Network. If you – or someone you know – are having thoughts about suicide, call 1.800.SUICIDE (784-2433). Calls are connected to a certified crisis center nearest the caller’s location. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

State Plans For Suicide Prevention
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center provides readily available current information on state suicide prevention plans.

Samaritans USA
Established in 1974, Samaritans USA a coalition of 11 non-profit, non-religious suicide prevention centers in the United States who respond collectively to almost 250,000 calls annually. Its primary purpose is to further the Samaritan’s principles of befriending people who are depressed, in crisis and suicidal as practiced on or through our volunteer-staffed crisis response hotlines, public education programs and suicide survivor support groups. The Samaritans “befriending” model emphasizes active listening and the providing of unconditional emotional support. Samaritans USA is a member of the oldest and largest suicide prevention network in the world with over 400 centers in 32 countries.

SA/VE – Suicide Awareness/Voices of Education
The mission of SA/VE is to educate about suicide and to speak for suicide survivors.

Suicide Information and Education Center
A library and resource center for suicide information & education. Also available on this site is caregiver training with information for suicide prevention training programs.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center
SPRC is a national resource center that provides technical assistance, training, and information in order to strengthen suicide revention networks and advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Suicide Prevention Services of the Fox Valley
Located in Batavia, Illinois (in the Fox Valley area), this agency is dedicated to the mission of reducing and eliminating suicide and suicide attempts through education, advocacy, and collaboration.

With One Voice
The primary objective and aim of this project is to bring students, families, professionals, schools, and communities together to energize suicide prevention. It uses music and drama as a powerful vehicle to provide understanding and problem solving for children in a language they can understand and embrace.