Resources for Suicide Prevention

After A Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools
A toolkit by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/Suicide Prevention Resource Center that consists of recommendations by national experts, school-based personnel, clinicians, researchers, and crisis response professionals on how to address the aftermath of a suicide.

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Schools
This toolkit addresses suicide prevention and responses to suicidal behaviors in three irrevocably interconnected and interdependent areas: 1. Promotion of mental and physical health and well-being 2. Intervention in a suicidal crisis 3. Postvention response to a suicidal death.

Foster Parents Preventing Suicide
An article by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center that explains ways that foster parents can identify at-risk youth, intervene, and get the youth connected to help.

Know the Signs
Know the Signs is a statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out. This campaign is intended to educate Californians how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to find the words to have a direct conversation with someone in crisis and where to find professional help and resources.

Preventing Adolescent Suicide: What You Need to Know
Presentation slides from the January 9, 2014 training presented by Didi Hirsch Agency at Orange County Dept. of Education.

Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
A toolkit by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that consists of strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health among students.

Web Resources on Self-Injury
The L.A. County Youth Suicide Prevention Project has a whole page of web-based resources on self-injurious behavior including cutting. One web resource cited is Educators and Self-Injury and it provides information on how to recognize, understand, and respond to self-injury.

Teen Suicide, Mood Disorder, and Depression
An article that explains causes and warning signs for suicide, facts and myths associated with suicide, and what you can do to reduce the risk of suicide in teens.

The Role of First Responders in Preventing Suicide
An article by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) discussing how to recognize warning signs of suicide, how to help suicide attempters and survivors, and also to how​ to help yourself and your fellow first responders.

Youth Suicide Prevention Project
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.

Preparing for Policy Change Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention

Primary care physicians play a critical role in meeting children’s mental health needs through the early identification of risk factors and emerging mental health concerns.

AAP-OC has played a role in supporting these needs by identifying community resources and referral options for physicians to access. Early identification is promoted through assessment and evaluation of the child in the medical home setting and provides timely intervention to meet the mental health needs of the family. Collaborative relationships with mental health specialists and community resources will promote the delivery of these mental health services for families.

The opportunity to decrease the barriers that exist for physicians and improve communication between the medical community and the mental health resources has been an important objective for the Chapter, and utilization of these resources will support the mental health needs of children and families in our community.

AAP-OC’s Mental Health Committee works collaboratively with community partners to identify resources to enable pediatricians to meet the needs of families with mental health concerns.

Children at Risk (PDF) – By Stephanie Watson