Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a major public health concern. Over 40,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States; it is the 10th leading cause of death overall. Suicide is complicated and tragic but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.  These resources provide education, tools and contacts to support suicide prevention.

Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale

The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) supports suicide risk assessment through a series of simple, plain-language questions that anyone can ask. The answers help users identify whether someone is at risk for suicide, assess the severity and immediacy of that risk, and gauge the level of support that the person needs.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

There is no single cause to suicide. It most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. This website provides resources on warning signs and risk factors, statistics and treatment.

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Faith-Based Suicide Awareness and Prevention

A Soul Safe Community is one that addresses suicidal desperation as a regular aspect of its life and work. These regular aspects include (a) vision, (b) preaching and teaching, (c) worship, (d) corporate prayer, (e) pastoral care, (f) fellowship, (g) training, and (h) outreach. By normalizing suicidal desperation as a facet of the human experience, persons can begin to give voice to their hopes and fears. Soul Shop is a resource to provide training and support to faith community leaders.

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QPR: Gatekeeper Training

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour. This website provides comprehensive information on QPR and Gatekeeper Training.

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Zero Suicide Platform Tools

Zero Suicide is a commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems and is also a specific set of strategies and tools. 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. Visit this website for resources and training opportunities.

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