The Internet contains many thousands of websites on suicide prevention. The sites below contain especially pertinent information for professionals who want to improve their knowledge and skills in helping the suicidal person.
The AAS website contains information for both professionals and lay people. Especially pertinent to mental health professionals is a section for clinicians who have lost a loved one or a client to suicide.
This site contains information about treatments, medications, and research findings, along with information about other suicide prevention efforts such as advocacy and “postvention” (intervention with family, friends, and community members following a suicide).
This site’s Resources Page contains numerous, free reports of interest to professionals helping suicidal people, such as “Suicide Prevention and the Clinical Workforce: Guidelines for Training,” “Suicide Care in Systems Framework,” and “Crisis Now: Transforming Services is Within Our Reach.“
Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this national registry contains information about programs with evidence to support their effectiveness. To locate information about evidence-based programs in suicide prevention, go to the search page and do a search for “suicide.”
Much of this site is geared toward people at risk for suicide and their loved ones, but the Best Practices page contains resources and policies of use to people who work at hotlines or in other crisis settings.
I developed this site 4 years ago, and it has already received almost 2 million visitors since then. Most of its articles and information are intended for suicidal individuals, their loved ones, and survivors of suicide loss, but there is also a section dedicated to mental health professionals. Here, you will find articles about documentation, risk assessment, involuntary hospitalization, and more, as well as resources that you can give to your clients who are suicidal, have attempted suicide, have lost a loved one to suicide, or know someone who is dealing with any of those issues.
It would take many hours, possibly even days, to go through all the information on this site that is of value to professionals helping suicidal people. There are numerous fact sheets, resource lists, videos, free online courses, and bibliographies for both professionals and the people they help. The site contains information on suicide prevention for special populations and settings, such as American Indian sand Alaska Natives, emergency department patients, colleges and universities, religious communities, and more.
The Trevor Project is dedicated to suicide prevention and crisis intervention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. You can find useful information here about helping an LGBTQ youth who is suicidal. You also can learn about training opportunities for professionals, order posters, and learn about the Trevor Project’s numerous resources available to LGBTQ youth, such as TrevorChat, TrevorLifeline, TrevorSpace, and TrevorText.
The Zero Suicide Initiative is committed to trying to achieve a rate of zero suicides among people being treated by health and mental health professionals. To that end, the Zero Suicide website, sponsored by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, contains a wealth of information about topics such as evidence-based treatments for suicidal individuals, training needs and opportunities, methods for tracking progress, and ways to identify, engage, and follow up with people at risk for suicide.
Copyright 2017 Stacey Freedenthal. Written for HelpingTheSuicidalPerson.com. Photograph by Stacey Freedenthal. All rights reserved.