Suicide Prevention Coalition
World Suicide Prevention Day On September 10, join us as we raise awareness for suicide prevention in Stark County. Suicide affects people of all ages, gender, race, ethnicity, social and economic class. In 2014, 57 people in Stark County died by suicide and over 50% of Stark County residents who died by suicide had a mental or substance use disorder. Wear purple during the day. Light a candle in the window at 8:00 p.m. You can also join the “Out of Darkness” Walk to honor and remember loved ones on Sept. 11 at 6:00 p.m. at Westbrook Park (across from the Crisis Center building on 13th Street) in Canton. For questions, call Carole Vesely, Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center, at 330-452-6000.
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American Association of Suicidology (AAS) www.suicidology.org AAS is a non-profit organization that promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers. It serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide, publishing and disseminating statistics and suicide prevention resources. AAS also hosts national annual conferences for professionals and survivors.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) www.afsp.org AFSP is a non-profit organization that funds research to advance understanding of suicide and suicide prevention. It also offers educational programs and resources for professionals, survivors of suicide loss, and the public about suicide prevention. AFSP’s chapters provide connections to local resources and services addressing suicide prevention, as well as organize awareness events.
Children’s Safety Network (CSN) www.childrenssafetynetwork.org CSN is a national resource center for injury and violence prevention, including suicide prevention, that provides technical assistance on injury prevention planning, programs, and best practices; analyzes and interprets injury data; partners with national organizations and Federal agencies to promote child and adolescent health and safety; disseminates injury prevention research; conducts trainings and presentations; and produces publications.
Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) www.suicideprevention-icrc-s.org This CDC-funded injury control research center promotes a public health approach to suicide research and prevention. It conducts research projects, provides technical assistance, and organizes conference calls, webinars, and an annual Research Training Institute for those engaged in suicide-related research and working in the suicide prevention field. The goal is to draw suicide prevention into the domain of public health and injury prevention and link it to complementary approaches to mental health, while also creating a collaborative group of researchers and practitioners dedicated to suicide prevention.
Jason Foundation www.jasonfoundation.com The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.
The Jed Foundation www.jedfoundation.org The Jed Foundation promotes emotional health and prevention of suicide among college and university students. To achieve this end, the organization collaborates with the public and leaders in higher education, mental health, and research. The Jed Foundation provides a variety of educational resources for colleges and universities, both staff and students; parents of college students; and the community.
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/suicide/index.html This center, located at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a valuable source of information, resources, and statistics about suicide, suicide risk, and suicide prevention. It includes links to a number of statistical databases, including WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System), YRBSS (Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System), National Violent Death Reporting System, and National Vital Statistics System.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml The NIMH website has a section on suicide prevention that includes information and resources useful for a variety of audiences, including researchers, health care professionals, and consumers. NIMH also conducts research on suicide and suicide prevention. Updates on the research can be found through News from the Field: Research Findings of NIMH-funded Investigators, from EurekAlert!
National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide www.nopcas.org NOPCAS promotes life-affirming strategies that will help to decrease life-threatening behaviors. It is our aim to develop prevention, intervention, and post-vention support services to the families and communities impacted adversely by the effects of violence, depression, and suicide in an effort to decrease life-threatening behavior.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org The Lifeline provides immediate assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider through a toll-free telephone number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline also provides informational materials, such as brochures, wallet cards, posters and booklets featuring the Lifeline number.
Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation www.ohiospf.org The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation is a prevention, education and resource organization that provides suicide prevention organizations information and resources, raises awareness, eliminates stigma and increases help-seeking behavior for all Ohioans.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) www.samhsa.gov SAMHSA funds and supports the National Lifeline and SPRC, and manages the Garrett Lee Smith grant program, which funds State, Territorial, and Tribal programs to prevent suicide among youth. It has developed the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), which reviews evidence of effectiveness for prevention programs on topics related to behavioral health, including suicide. It has numerous educational materials about behavioral health issues. SAMHSA also sponsors several prevention campaigns.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) www.save.org SAVE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to people affected by suicide. Its prevention and education programs are designed to increase knowledge about depression, suicide and accessing community resources, and to increase understanding and use of intervention skills to help prevent suicide.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) www.sprc.org This SAMHSA-funded, national center helps strengthen the suicide prevention efforts of state, tribal, community, and campus suicide prevention organizations and coalitions and organizations that serve populations with high suicide rates. It provides technical assistance, training, a variety of resource materials, a current awareness newsletter The Weekly SPARK, the SPRC Online Library and customized information pages that outline the roles of various professionals in preventing suicide.
Trevor Helpline www.trevorproject.org The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
Yellow Ribbon www.yellowribbon.org Yellow Ribbon is a grass-roots, community based, volunteer organization developed to serve youth and the communities that surround them, and to address youth/teen suicide through public awareness, education and training to help communities build new and/or strengthen existing programs. Yellow Ribbon provides a variety of suicide prevention resources.
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