Suicide Prevention Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. This month, we challenge the stigmatization of the topic of suicide, highlight the availability of resources for people who have been affected by suicide, and promote and support evidence-based mental health practices used to treat co-morbid mental health conditions.
We hope to inspire others to raise awareness and take part in sharing information, resources and support for suicide prevention. We are thankful for the huge step toward increased access to suicide prevention services that the transition to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline brings. For more information about the transition, please visit the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline web page or SAMHSA's 988 web page.
Below is a list of resources our Network and partners have developed for this month. To view a full list of all MHTTC products and resources related to suicide prevention please click here.
You can also visit your Regional Center or National Focus Area Center for region and population-specific resources: https://mhttcnetwork.org/centers/selection
Upcoming MHTTC Events
Suicide in America's Heartland | Mountain Plains MHTTC
September 7, 2022 - 11am PDT, 12pm MDT, 1pm CDT, 2pm EDT
Suicide has been identified as a serious public health issue that has significant impacts on families and communities. According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide rates have increased. In 2020, suicide was the 12th leading cause of death in the United States, with nearly 46,000 deaths by suicide. According to SAMHSA, in 2020, 1.2 million individuals attempted suicide. Individuals who reside in rural and agricultural communities experience higher than average rates of suicide. This webinar will address the issue of suicide in rural and agricultural communities as well as identifying strategies for suicide prevention and postvention intervention.
Suicidal Awareness, Response, Safety Planning, and Postvention Learning Series | Mountain Plains MHTTC
September 12, 19, & 26, 2022 - 12pm PDT, 1pm MDT, 2pm CDT, 3pm EDT
Responding to mental health crises and the risk of suicide in a school setting presents unique challenges and considerations for mental health practitioners, educators, and parents. Suicidal thoughts do not discriminate and can affect anyone. Suicide rates have been continuously rising since 2007 and, as of 2017, are ranked as the 10th leading cause of death for all age ranges and second among youth ages 10-24 (Ivey-Stephenson et al., 2020). During this free, three-part series, we will address suicide prevention awareness; school-appropriate response and screening referral practices for youth experiencing suicidal ideation and/or intent; postvention as well as supports and safety planning after the child returns to school.
Preventing Suicide Among LGBTQ+ People | Mountain Plains MHTTC
September 22, 2022 - 11am PDT, 12pm MDT, 1pm CDT, 2pm EDT
People who identify as LGBTQ+ have higher rates of suicide attempts and suicidal ideation. LGBTQ+ youth, in particular, have seen significant increases in suicide attempts in the recent years, often aligning with the passing of discriminatory laws or policies. While LGBTQ+ people share many risk factors and clinical needs with heterosexual or cisgender peers, the development and implementation of preventative care and interventions should also address the additional minority stressors facing this community. This webinar will provide an overview of the critical risk and protective factors, considerations for risk assessment, and intervention strategies specific to LGBTQ+ people.
Building Capacity for Effective School-Based Suicide Prevention | Great Lakes MHTTC
Applications close September 30
Building Capacity for Effective School-Based Suicide Prevention is a six-week learning collaborative centered around the NIATx process improvement model; a structured, team-based approach to change management. This learning community is designed to empower school district teams to create a roadmap to improvement and commit to measurable and sustainable changes to their suicide prevention plans.
- 988 and Crisis Resources
- A Guide to 988: America's Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline
- ACCES-VR: Suicide: Facts, Approaches, and Interventions
- Addressing Suicide Disparity in Rural Communities
- Black Youth Suicide Prevention Recording
- Clinical Innovations in Telehealth: Session 1, co-hosted with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, provides pragmatic guidance for evaluating and managing suicide risk via telehealth.
- Crisis Care with Individuals with Behavioral Health Disorders: Assessment, Prevention, and De-escalation
- Maximizing Therapeutic Alliance in Suicide Risk Assessment, Management, and Treatment | Recorded Webinar
- More than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents
- Navigating the Tough Stuff: LGBTQ Suicide Awareness for Families | Recorded Webinar
- Navigating the Tough Stuff: LGBTQ Suicide Prevention for Families | Recorded Webinar
- Northwest MHTTC Resource Webpage
- Online Course: All Patients Safe - Suicide Prevention for Region 10 Medical Professionals
- Pacific Southwest MHTTC Resource Webpage: Cultural Responsiveness and Suicide Prevention
- Perspectives on Youth Suicide Prevention: Equity-based Options
- Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention After a Suicide
- Putting It Together: Maximizing Therapeutic Alliance in Suicide Care | Podcast
- Response to Suicide in Rural Communities: A Panel Discussion
- Suicide and Self-Harm [Context Clues: Using Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) to Enhance Treatment]
- Suicide Postvention: Going Beyond Prevention and Intervention
- Suicide Prevention Across the Educational Continuum: A Five-Part Series
- Suicide Prevention in Hispanic and Latinx Youth, the Impact of COVID-19 and Cultural Factors to Consider
- Suicide Prevention in Latino and Indigenous Populations
- Suicide Prevention Month: Facts and Resources on Suicide Among Native People
- Suicide Warning Signs in Children and Teens
- What Educators Need to Know: School-Based Suicide Prevention and Intervention
Other Organizations Offering Awareness Resources on Suicide Prevention
View the Action Alliance's in the #BeThere Twitter Chat, which discussed ways the public can play a role in suicide prevention through the simple act of being there for the people in their lives. Visit their home page for more resources throughout the month.
#BeThe1To offers evidence-based action steps on how to communicate with someone that has suicidal thoughts or ideations.