Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. There are many factors that contribute to suicide. The goal of suicide prevention is to reduce factors that increase risk and increase factors that promote resilience.

Ideally, prevention occurs at all levels: individual, relationship, community, and society. Strategies with the best available evidence pdf icon[PDF – 62 pages] exist and can be used to promote awareness and encourage a commitment to social change.

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This technical package represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent suicide.


Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices pdf icon[6.11 MB, 62 Pages]

Also available in Spanish pdf icon[34 MB, 64 Pages]

Need Help? Know Someone Who Does?
Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or use the online Lifeline Crisis Chat

Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Both are free and confidential. You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor in your area.

For more information, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifelineexternal icon.

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Page last reviewed: September 8, 2020