Suicide Prevention Resources

How your community can prevent high school suicide and college suicide. You can also be personally trained for suicide intervention.

School Suicide Prevention Programs

These are recommended peer-based school suicide prevention programs.

Peer mentors are effective in school suicide prevention programs
Hope Squad

A peer-to-peer suicide prevention program. Hope Squad members are nominated by their classmates as trustworthy peers and trained by advisors. The program reduces youth suicide through education, training, and peer intervention.

See the program’s official site for complete information.

Sources of Strength

A best practice youth suicide prevention project designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. The mission of Sources of Strength is to prevent suicide by increasing help seeking behaviors and promoting connections between peers and caring adults. Sources of Strength moves beyond a singular focus on risk factors by utilizing an upstream approach for youth suicide prevention. This upstream model strengthens multiple sources of support (protective factors) around young individuals so that when times get hard they have strengths to rely on.

See the program’s official site for complete information.

Other Suicide Awareness and Prevention Programs and Resources

Suicide awareness and prevention training

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.

See the program’s official site for complete information.

Yellow Ribbon

The Light for Life Foundation Int’l/Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® is dedicated to preventing suicide and attempts by Making Suicide Prevention Accessible to Everyone and Removing Barriers to Help by:

  • Empowering individuals and communities through leadership, awareness and education; and
  • By collaborating and partnering with support networks to reduce stigma and help save lives.

See the program’s official site for complete information.

ASIST Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day, two-trainer workshop designed for all caregiving groups. Many times, family, friends, and community members may be the first person to talk to someone at risk, but they have little or no training on what to say. The emphasis is on teaching suicide first aid to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help as needed. Participants of this training will learn how to use a suicide intervention model that works. They will not only learn how to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, but also how to develop a safe plan for someone they love and do the follow up to keep them safe.

See the program’s official site for complete information.

safeTALK Suicide Prevention Training

safeTALK is the fastest growing suicide prevention training program with over 120,000 people being trained each year.  The Safe stands for “Suicide Alertness for Everyone.” safeTALK is a half day (3.5 hour) training program that teaches you what to do if someone is suicidal. It follows the easy to remember TALK steps which are Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep Safe.  These practical steps offer immediate help to keep someone safe until and get them to more specialized help as soon as possible.  The course aims to teach you how to identify someone who is thinking of suicide.  It also teaches you how to overcome the barriers in talking about suicide as well as connecting people at risk with further appropriate help.  This course helps to move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide.

See the program’s official site for complete information.