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The goal of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is to understand and prevent suicide. Founded in 1968 by Edwin S. Shneidman, Ph.D., AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers. In addition, AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide. The membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide and a variety of lay persons who have an interest in suicide prevention.



The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to advancing knowledge of suicide and our ability to prevent it. The Foundation’s activities include: Supporting research projects that help further the understanding and treatment of depression and the prevention of suicide; Providing information and education about depression and suicide; Promoting professional education for the recognition and treatment of depressed and suicidal individuals; Publicizing the magnitude of the problems of depression and suicide and the need for research, prevention and treatment; and, Supporting programs for suicide survivor treatment, research and education.



Suicide Prevention Resource Center helps states and communities increase their capacity to develop, implement, and evaluate suicide prevention programs. It provides technical assistance, information, resources and training. The Center is a cooperative effort between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Educational Development Center, Inc.



This website has been especially developed for the 80 school districts within Los Angeles County, to provide administrators, staff, parents, and students with the most up-to-date information about the prevention, intervention, and postvention of suicide among our youth.



The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 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 (8255), 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.



A listing of resources to assist school districts with the concerns about youth suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. To assist school districts with the concerns about youth suicide, the Calfiornia Department of Education makes resources available for dealing with suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention (sometimes referred to as "aftermath"). Some internet sites provide factual data and others contain model programs. For more Web information, contact the coordinator for pupil services in your school district or county office of education. Counseling and student support specialists (school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, and school nurses) and local mental health specialists should be consulted for individual student referrals. Youth Suicide-Prevention Guidelines for California Schools are available to assist schools to develop and implement plans for youth suicide prevention, intervention, and aftermath. The guidelines blend information from a variety of expert sources and are intended to help school communities in their school planning and prevention efforts. Counseling, student support specialists, and local mental health specialists should be consulted for planning and implementing school plans or for individual student referrals regarding youth



The Jason Foundation, Inc. is a nationally recognized leader in youth suicide awareness, education and prevention. They provide information, education programs and resources to parents, educators, youth and others who want to help in the fight against the “silent epidemic” of youth suicide.



The LivingWorks Program is a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated approach to preventing suicide, which involves the entire community. Working with caregivers of all kinds, LivingWorks prepares helpers to competently intervene with a person at risk of suicide. All caregivers master “suicide first aid” for reasons similar to those for learning CPR “heartsaver” or basic physical first aid. Advanced and other skills are then “layered” on to this suicide first aid foundation.


Los Angeles County Suicide Prevention Network

On Friday, January 27, 2012, the Los Angeles County Suicide Prevention Network came together for the first quarterly meeting of the new year. About 30 participants met in the 2nd floor conference room at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) headquarters to finalize the mission statement and prepare for the Second Annual Suicide Prevention Summit, scheduled for September 10, 2012.


Teen Line

Teen Line was founded in 1980 to help adolescent address their problems through a confidential peer telephone hotline operating toll-free from anywhere in California every evening from 6:00pm to 10:00pm PST. Their Community Outreach Program opens dialogue and educates the community about issues pertinent to adolescence. Teen Suicide Prevention Training has been a regular part of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Juvenile Procedures School curriculum since 1996.


Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is a national organization that provides crisis intervention, and suicide prevention to lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. This organization aims to meet the needs of LGBTQ youth especially in mental health and suicide prevention by influencing public policy and participating in advocacy initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels. Their goal is to mandate suicide prevention programs in every high school nationwide.

California’s Suicide Prevention Plan

California’s Strategic Plan on Suicide Prevention was approved by the Governor’s Office of California in 2008. It is based on recommendations of the Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee. The plan is composed of four major parts: suicide’s impact, successful strategies, practices and policies used to prevent suicide, immediate and long-term efforts to reduce suicide deaths and suicidal behavior, and lists further steps for local and state actions.


National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention was published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in May 2001 with leadership from the Surgeon General. Created to provide a framework for suicide prevention for the U.S. and an outline for action, it represents the combined work of advocates, clinicians, researchers, and survivors. Designed to be a tool of social change, the NSSP has guided the nation’s suicide prevention efforts to transform attitudes, policies, and services, for a decade.


Los Angeles County Suicide Prevention Partnership

This innovative team offered by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) is The Partners in Suicide Prevention (PSP) Team for Children, Transition Age Youth (TAY), Adults and Older Adults is funded by Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). It is designed to increase public awareness on suicide and reduce stigma associated with seeking mental health and substance abuse services. The team increases public awareness, offers education, identifies under deserved communities, promotes prevention, identifies tools such as evidence-based practices, and provides linkage and referrals to age appropriate services.



A social media platform for professionals, researchers and practitioners of mental health and human behavior.


Suicide Prevention Mobile App - Know the Signs

The Know the Signs Campaign has officially launched MY3, the suicide prevention mobile app that connects individuals at-risk for suicide to their support networks and their safety plan when they are experiencing thoughts of suicide.


National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Releases

Life-Saving Juvenile Justice System Resources


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