Assessment and Referral Training (Recommended)
Provides tools and training curriculum to develop community-based suicide prevention program. Offers suicide risk assessment tools and methodologies to be used in health care organizations. QPR Institute is based in Spokane, Washington.
Community Assets Development (Unproven)
Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. To accomplish this mission, the institute generates and communicates new knowledge, and brings together community, state, and national leaders.
SAMHSA provides resources and materials for the Communities that Care program. Communities that Care utilizes a public health-based, community level approach toward building protective environments for children.
Gatekeeper Training (Promising)
School counselors are often the lead individuals in school suicide prevention programs. All school counselors in Dallas, Texas, received training through Project SOAR (Suicide, Options, Awareness, and Relief), a suicide prevention program.
Mail: c/o Jose Luis Torres,
Dallas Independent School District,
3700 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
Phone: (214) 932-5212
Team Up to Save Lives CD-ROM
The CD-ROM incorporates a three year research and prevention program developed by a team of psychiatrists, psychologists and health and education experts. Aimed at educators of Grades 7 and up, this comprehensive, interactive suicide prevention program can be used to help identify and assist at-risk students/youth. Cost is $1.10 each, plus $3.90 for S&H.
Mail: McDonald's Educational Resource Center
3620 Swenson Ave
PO Box 8002, St. Charles, IL 60174
Phone: 1-800-472-2954 ext. 8052
Provides a variety of gatekeeper training options for those who work with youth.
Mail: Charles Etta Sutton or Karen Dunne-Maxim
Office of Prevention Services
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Piscataway, NJ 08855-1392
Phone: 1-800-762-2989 or 732-235-9260
Media Guidelines for Reporting (Recommended)
These Guidelines for Media Professionals provide a set of recommendations on reporting of suicide were developed by an international workgroup headed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Annenberg School of Communication and Public Policy. Includes examples from print media and a list of experts for media to contact.
Non-Pharmacologic Care (Unproven)
Provides consultation and training for mental health systems and professionals. Founded by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., to develop cutting edge dissemination tools for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other evidence-based behavioral treatments.
Postvention and Crisis Intervention (Promising)
Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools(CBITS): This school-based model was developed by RAND Corporation, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). It consists of 10 group sessions designed for inner-city schools with a multicultural population. Activities include training children in relaxation, dealing with negative thoughts, solving real-life problems, approaching anxiety-provoking situations, and coping with the violent event through talking, drawing pictures, and writing. The program is also designed to build both peer and parental support.
P.O. Box 2138
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138 Phone orders: 1-877-584-8642 (U.S. only)
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Available for $33.95 at Sopris West Web Store: http://www.sopriswest.com
Restricting Lethal Means (Promising)
Washington State program to promote safe storage of firearms. Includes detailed information on types of gun locks, discount coupons and retailers who carry gun locks.
Public education organization dedicated to providing all adults with the necessary information to empower them to protect their children (geared toward parents).
Project ChildSafe is a nationwide program whose purpose is to promote safe firearms handling and storage practices among all firearms owners through the distribution of key safety education messages and free gun locking devices.
Emergency Department Intervention
Emergency Department-based intervention. Parents of children presenting with mental health issues were provided counseling on restricting access to lethal means. Evaulation reported in J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 38 (3), 250-255 (abstract available below).
Mail: Dr. Markus Kruesi
Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina
171 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: (843) 792-0135
Skills Training (Recommended)
Reconnecting Youth: A Peer Group Approach to Building Life Skills (RY) is an 80-lesson curriculum that has been proven effective in helping high-risk youth in grades 9-12 raise their GPAs and manage their anger, while decreasing drug use, depression, and suicide risk.
University of Washington School of Nursing
VM: (425) 861-1177
Fax: (206) 726-6049
CAST-Plus: A Suicide Prevention Community Partnership addresses one of society’s most disturbing trends: the co-occurrence of suicide-risk behaviors, anger/aggression, and depression among youth. CAST-Plus extends and augments the efficacious school-based Competence & Support Training (CAST) program for potential high school dropouts who are at risk for suicide with an innovative parent component.
Brooke Randell, DNSc, RN, CS
Research Associate Professor
Psychosocial & Community Health
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-8732
Email Address: email@example.com
Treatment Follow-Up and Compliance (Unproven)
Emergency Department Staff Training for Adolescent Suicide Attempts is a UCLA-based training program developed by Sutherland Miller, Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, John Piacentini, and Fleming Graae.