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Best Practices Registry

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center's Best Practices Registry  (Not DHCS) provides information about programs and practices that have been reviewed and meet minimum specific criteria.

National Registry

The National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (Not DHCS) is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders that is developed and maintained by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


TOOLKIT: For Rural Primary Care Providers (Not DHCS). The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center created this toolkit to provide education and support needed to identify and address the critical needs of patients who may be at risk of suicide. The toolkit includes best practices for suicide prevention, tools for improving detection and intervention skills, guidelines for developing office protocols when suicidal patients are identified, and resources for community-based suicide prevention outreach.

TOOLKIT:  Suicide Prevention among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBT) Youth  (Not DHCS) - A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center created this free workshop kit to help staff in schools, youth-serving organizations, and suicide prevention programs take action to reduce suicidal behavior among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. Topics covered include suicidal behavior among LGBT youth, risk and protective factors for suicidal behavior, strategies to reduce the risk, and ways to increase school or agency cultural competence.

TOOLKIT: After a Suicide – A Toolkit for Schools (Not DHCS): The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center has developed a free, online resource to help schools cope in the aftermath of a suicide. This toolkit is a highly-practical resource for schools facing real-time crises, and is applicable for diverse populations and communities. It includes general guidelines for action, do’s and don’ts, templates and sample materials, and covers topics such as Crisis Response, Helping Students Cope, Working with the Community, Memorialization, Social Media, Suicide Contagion and Bringing in Outside Help.

TOOLKIT: Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Living Communities (Not DHCS): Developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in collaboration with Education Development Center, Inc (EDC), McFarland & Associates and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute, Inc. (NRI), this toolkit contains a guide and tools for integrating suicide prevention into existing policies and programs, a facilitator’s manual with materials to conduct three workshops, and fact sheets for residents. It recommends a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention to promote the emotional health of all residents, identify and provide services for residents at risk for suicide, and respond appropriately in the event of a suicide attempt or death.


GUIDELINES: Towards Good Practice – Standards and Guidelines for Suicide Bereavement Support Groups​ (Not DHCS):
Lifeline Australia, with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, has produced this document that provides expert guidelines for the development and facilitation of suicide bereavement support groups. The guidelines are available from Lifeline Australia at no charge.

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