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Suicide Resources

Updated 02/09/2021

September 4-10, 2022 – National Suicide Prevention Month #SuicidePrevention #BeThe1To
Sep 5-11, 2021 – National Suicide Prevention Week #StopSuicide #KeepGoing
Sep 10, 2021 – World Suicide Prevention Day #WSPD2021 #StepCloser #SuicidePreventionSep 21-24, 2021 – IASP 31st World Congress, Gold Coast, Australia
Nov 20, 2021 ― International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day #SurvivorDay


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International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP) StepCloser MainFilm 2020

Step Closer: A World Suicide Prevention Day Film. Working Together to Prevent Suicide.

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The Intersection of Opioids and Suicide: A Prevention Approach

This webinar features a discussion about the relationship and intersection between the growing opioid and suicide crises and what prevention strategies and approaches can be used to address them at the national and state level. Viewers will receive valuable information and resources to help prevent opioid misuse and suicide in their communities. Find more resources and learn about SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week at samhsa.gov/prevention-week. (1:27:24) (October 2018)

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Four Recommendations for Tribal Suicide Prevention

Dr. Melissa Walls of the Bois Forte and Couchiching First Nations Ojibwe discusses four recommendations for suicide prevention in AI/AN communities: Assess the impact of structural influences on suicide; target early life course factors to improve outcomes; identify cultural influences on prevention; and listen to indigenous voices. (00:08:00) (October 2019)

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LEARN® Saves Lives Suicide Prevention Training for Parents/Caregivers

Forefront Suicide Prevention Center’s LEARN® Saves Lives webinar teaches essential skills for suicide prevention. Join us to learn how to: – Make your home safer to prevent the risk of suicide – Ask your kid about suicide in a safe way – Recognize the signs of a mental health crisis and practical steps to address it. (1:20:57) (April 2020)

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Angel Haze: If You’re Contemplating Suicide, This is for You

This video would be useful for any mental healthcare worker who is interested in speaking the language of their youth clientele. In this video, YouTube artist Angel Haze delivers a slam-poetry/rap message to those suffering with thoughts of suicide. She uses offensive language and makes multiple references to self-harm in her poignant piece, so this video would be better suited for more mature audiences. This once-viral video was named one of PsychCentral’s Top Ten Mental Health Videos of 2011. (00:04:12) (April 2011)

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Suicide Attempt Survivors

This short clip features individuals with various backgrounds who were suicidal at some point and then found hope. The video ends with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number and advertisement. This video is available on SAMHSA’s official YouTube channel, which provides a variety of videos dedicated to issues related to substance abuse, addiction, and mental health. (00:02:29) (September 2012)

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Always Hope

This short video, winner of the December 2012 Art With Impact Contest, features a passerby stopping to help a stranger who appears to be contemplating suicide. The hopeful message, “On every journey you can turn around,” is displayed at the end, making this a great video to spark a discussion about suicide and depression. This video would probably be appropriate for any audience, although it does have an adult tone. This video, along with other contest winners and a variety of additional advocacy initiatives using art, is available at www.artiwithimpact.org (00:03:15).

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Heroes: Suicide Prevention PSA 2012

This creative, short video depicts a young woman’s journey from loneliness to engagement in life through one helping hand after another. The message at the end of the video is that suicide prevention only takes a few helping hands. We watch as different people play different roles in the teen’s life: a first person who notices something wrong who perhaps has suffered themselves, followed by peers, family members, a counselor, and finally someone in the community (an indication that the young woman is regaining some purpose in life). This video represents a likely succession of events for teenagers and would be helpful for teens, their families, and those professionals working with this age group or any person suffering with thoughts of suicide or depression. This video was produced by CETPA, a Georgia-based behavioral health treatment and substance abuse/suicide prevention program. CETPA is unique in that they are entirely bilingual. Their website provides many resources devoted to behavioral health https://www.youtube.com/user/CETPAnews. Their YouTube channel is CETPAnews. (00:01:40)

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C-SSRS Rating Scale Successfully Predicts Suicide Attempts

This short video describes the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale, which is a highly researched instrument for assessing lethality in the clinical setting. In this video, Kelly Posner, Director of the Center for Suicide Risk Assessment in Columbia’s Department of Psychiatry, describes the importance of screening for suicide risk and how this instrument could be of use to clinicians, especially those with limited resources. This tool, as well as training for certification for its proper usage, is available for free at http://cssrs.columbia.edu/. This video is available on the YouTube channel for Columbia University ColumbiaNews. (00:02:39)

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Risk Factors for Suicide

Judy Bailey from Suicide Prevention and Information, New Zealand, outlines the common risk factors for individuals likely to attempt to commit suicide. This video would be helpful for any clinician as it lists some of the most important warning signs as they relate to different ages and cultural backgrounds of individual clients. This video is also available on their YouTube channel Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand. (00:07:35)

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Tightropes and Safety Nets: Counseling Suicidal Clients

Mental health professionals discuss their personal experiences as well as information about working with individuals who present as suicidal, highlighting the stigma and shame of talking about suicide. This video is extremely honest and effective due to the candidness of the professionals. They speak about their personal feelings when a client presents with suicidal thoughts and feelings. This aspect of the video makes a great resource for professionals because it serves to normalize the often frustrating and very important work of helping clients who may be suicidal. This video is an excerpt from the DVD “Tightropes & Safety Nets – Counseling Suicidal Clients,” which was produced and directed by the Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Leicester; Professor Sue Wheeler and Dr. Andrew Reeves from University of Liverpool Counseling Service; and Jon Shears, University of Leicester Multimedia Services. This video is available on the University of Leicester’s website. (00:12:02).

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Sources for more short videos on SUICIDE