Suicide prevention

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Publication Date: Sep 09, 2021
SPM 21 updated 9.7


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.

Below is a list of resources the MHTTC 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 may also visit our MHTTC Training and Events Calendar and Products and Resources Catalog to access other free training and resources. 

You can also visit your Regional Center or National Focus Area Center for region and population-specific resources:

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Upcoming  Events

Great Lakes MHTTC: Introduction to Building Capacity for Effective School-based Suicide Prevention
September 22, 2021
9:00–10:00am Central 

SAMHSA's Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools is a toolkit aimed at being part of a nationwide effort to help the one out of every eleven high school students who attempted suicide in the U.S., according to the CDC Youth Risk Behavioral Survey Data Summary & Trends Report: 2009–2019.

In this workshop, school districts will be introduced to this toolkit and learn how to design and implement strategies to prevent suicide and prioritize mental health for all students. Participants will have the opportunity to assess their district's current suicide prevention policies and readiness for change.

Participants will also learn about a year-long school-based suicide prevention learning collaborative that will help school districts in HHS Region 5 build capacity for measurable and sustainable change using the NIATx model of process improvement


Latinos and Suicide: A Clinician’s Guide to Prevention and Treatment Masterclass | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC

September 9, 20, 27 & October 4, 2021 - 10am PST, 12pm CST, 1pm EST

This clinicians’ guide addresses one of the largest cultural groups in the United States today, persons of Latin American ancestry commonly referred to as Latinos or Hispanics. The guide considers suicide as part of social phenomena but our attention will be to suicides and suicide attempts as deeply psychological, emotional events  The emphasis is on what drives some people to think about suicide, to plan a suicide, and to attempt a suicide. This series is aimed at developing the skills of mental health professionals working with Latino populations who may be at risk for suicidal behaviors. It also discusses and defines relevant terms as well as the role of culture in understanding and treating suicidal behaviors among Latinos. 



Maximizing Therapeutic Alliance in Suicide Risk Assessment, Management, and Treatment |  Northwest MHTTC

September 22 - 10am PST, 12pm CST, 1pm EST

This 60-minute webinar addresses suicide risk assessment, prevention, and treatment. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe two key aspects of the Aeschi model of psychotherapeutic care for suicidal patients
  • Define management vs. treatment of suicidality 
  • Describe the therapeutic value of the clinical narrative




MHTTC Resources

 Other Organizations Offering Awareness Resources on Suicide Prevention

Action Alliance 

Join the Action Alliance in the #BeThere Twitter Chat September 1st @2pm ET and visit their home page for more resources throughout the month. 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

Mark your calendars for September 10 – World Suicide Prevention Awareness Day. On this date, AFSP will host its first ever, all-day Facebook Live event from 12pm to 8pm ET @AFSPnational to bring together communities across the country (and even world) at one place, one time on their national page. It will be an action packed, 8-hour day of inspiring conversation about mental health and suicide prevention, and will feature star guests and partners across research, entertainment, advocacy and more. Some sneak peaks include a #RealConvo Concert, Ask Dr Jill and celebrity and influencer panel conversations on mental health and suicide prevention.


#BeThe1To offers evidence-based action steps on how to communicate with someone that has suicidal thoughts or ideations.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network 

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)