National Resources

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), located at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a valuable source of information and statistics about suicide, suicide risk, and suicide prevention. To locate information on suicide and suicide prevention, scroll down the left-hand navigation bar on the NCIPC website and click on suicide under the violence heading.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers, provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night. 

American Association of Suicidology, "AAS is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or 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."

Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Information on government suicide prevention efforts, news, events and links to important prevention publications.

Suicide Prevention Action Network USA, www.spanusa.orgSuicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA) is the nation's only suicide prevention organization dedicated to leveraging grassroots support among suicide survivors and others to advance public policies that help prevent suicide. 

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resources:

Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration, The Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) works to improve the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, alcohol and drug addiction treatment, and mental health services. 

National Institute of Mental Health, The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding,
treatment, and prevention of mental disorders.

Mental Health America, Mental Health America (MHA) the leading advocacy organization addressing the full spectrum of mental and substance use conditions and their effects nationwide, works to inform, advocate and enable access to quality behavioral health services for all Americans.


Reporting on Suicide: Recommendations for the Media, This section of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's website includes the recommendations themselves as well as supporting materials.

Suicide and the Media, A valuable collection of resources from the PressWide Trust, a nonprofit organization located in the United Kingdom concerned with journalism and ethics.


American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), The American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) represents and sets professional standards for pastoral counselors and pastoral counseling centers; it also offers continuing education, networking opportunities, and facilitates growth within the ministry of pastoral counseling. AAPC is non-sectarian and respects the spiritual commitments and religious traditions of any individual.

Employers and Co-workers

National Partnership for Workplace Mental Health,  The mission of the National Partnership for Workplace Mental Health is to develop and support educational efforts focusing on better understanding and recognition of mental disorders, effective treatment, and appropriate access to quality mental health care. It is a program of the American Psychiatric Foundation in collaboration with the American Psychiatric Association. The National Partnership's website includes resources on workplace stress management programs, depression, suicide prevention, post traumatic stress disorder and Mental Health Works online, a free quarterly publication about mental health in the workplace.

Law enforcement and Corrections:

COPLINE, a national hotline exclusively for law enforcement officers and their families. COPLINE is run by retired officers to help active officers with a wide variety of psychosocial stressors they face in their careers. COPLINE can be reached at 800.267.5463

QPR Triage,  The Law Enforcement Wellness Association, in association with QPR Institute, developed QPR triage, a one-day training program for police officers who are in a position to identify, screen, and refer persons who may be suicidal, including other officers.

National P.O.L.I.C.E Suicide Foundation, Provides suicide awareness and prevention training programs and support services to meet the psychological and spiritual needs of emergency workers and their families. The foundation offers a three-day police suicide awareness train-the-trainer seminar that provides the participants with skills to establish police suicide awareness training.

Jail Suicide Prevention, This section of the National Center on Institutes and Alternatives (NCIA) website contains links to a number of resources on suicide prevention in jails, prisons, including Guiding Principles to Suicide Prevention in Correctional Facilities 2007 and Prison Suicide: An Overview and Guide to Prevention.

National Institute of Corrections Library, An online library that contains training curriculum and sample suicide prevention plans. Search suicide in the link above to locate resources.


The Trevor Project, The Trevor Project operates the Nation's only 24-hour toll-free suicide prevention helpline for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. 866.4.U.TREVOR

Fenway Community Health's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Helpline and Peer Listening Line, Trained volunteers address topics such as locating local LGBT groups and services as well as issues including coming out, HIV/AIDS, safer sex and relationships. Fenway Help line 888.340.4528, Fenway Peer Listening Line 800.399.PEER

Older Adults

National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of National Institutes of Health (NIH), leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry,  the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) is a national association representing and serving its members and the
field of geriatric psychiatry. It is dedicated to promoting the mental health and well being of  the older adult population.

Health care Professionals

Primary Care Toolkit, Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) and Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC),