There are many national agencies and organizations that are involved in suicide prevention efforts. These agencies provide valuable information, and some offer funding opportunities, training, technical assistance, and additional resources.
The U.S Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations (SAMHSA) provides suicide prevention information and other helpful resources to behavioral health professionals, the general public, and people at risk. SAMHSA is committed to continuing to work with its federal partners and private organizations to provide states, territories, tribal entities, communities, and the public with the assistance and prevention resources they need.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is an organization that conducts research on suicide, suicide prevention, and many other mental health topics. Their website offers information and resources on a wide array of topics.
The NCIPC is a division of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NCIPC website contains information on suicide such as statistics, prevention plans, and risk factors. It also includes links to statistical databases, such as WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System), YRBSS (Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System), the National Violent Death Reporting System, and the National Vital Statistics System.
Despite the strengths of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families and communities, suicide remains a devastating and all too frequent event. Complex, interrelated factors contribute to an increased suicide risk among AI/AN people. Risk factors include mental health disorders, substance abuse, intergenerational trauma, and community-wide issues. Factors that protect AI/AN youth and young adults against suicidal behavior are a sense of belonging to one's culture, a strong tribal/spiritual bond, the opportunity to discuss problems with family or friends, feeling connected to family, and positive emotional health.
Cooperation among tribal, federal, and other partners is imperative to create a safety net of interconnected programming—health, education, law enforcement, public health and well-being, economic development, and physical and behavioral health—to maximize effectiveness of services and to protect individuals against suicide risk.
The Indian Health Service is partnering with tribal, federal, state, and community leadership to advance behavioral health and prevent suicide in AI/AN communities.
The Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) provides advocacy, program oversight, and policy for Department of Defense suicide prevention, intervention and postvention efforts to reduce suicidal behaviors in Service members, civilians and their families.
Violence is a serious public health problem. From infants to the elderly, it affects people in all stages of life. Many more survive violence and suffer physical, mental, and or emotional health problems throughout the rest of their lives. CDC is committed to stopping violence before it begins.
If you or a servicemen you know is experiencing a crisis, use this confidential, toll-free crisis line to reach caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders. The Veterans Crisis Line can also be reached by text at 838255, or through online chat.
The MTF Locator is a convenient tool that you can use to locate the Military Treatment Facility nearest to you by searching on a map, by zip code, or geographic region.
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