Profession Specific Prevention and Postvention Protocols


These documents provide example protocols based on the current evidence-based best practices in the field of suicide prevention and postvention.  They are designed to offer users a template to guide thinking about how to respond to a suicide crisis.

These are research-based best practices, but their application will depend on the systems and resources available and the legal requirements in effect in an individual organization, profession, or community.

The brief introductory document provides an overview of application and first steps, as well as the full list of literature review.

Note: These are living documents that are reviewed by professionals in the fields represented here, and undergo regular revisions as new research is made available.  Checking back to this site for updates is recommended.

Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, First Responders

Faith Leaders

Gatekeepers – A Gatekeeper is anyone who can “open the gate” to help another find support and services.  Gatekeepers include family members, friends, acquaintances, partners, members of the community, and YOU.  We are all Gatekeepers and we play an integral role in preventing suicide.

Law Enforcement

Mental Health/Substance Abuse

Primary Care

Social Services/Youth Services

Workplace Supervisors

Protocol Appendices

Umatter Professional Protocol Brochures and Posters

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