The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center believe that educating the professionals that work within our communities is an important aspect of suicide prevention efforts.
Websites – Suicide Prevention Resources
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center:
- Emergency Room: Is Your Patient Suicidal?
- High School Toolkit:
- Role of the Media in Preventing Suicide:
- National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide:
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention () has released the first-ever (SuicideInScripts.org) in entertainment content, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ( ) and the Entertainment Industries Council ( )
- Primary Care Provider Curriculum: This five-part curriculum is designed to inform primary care professionals working in public mental health settings about the unique aspects of behavioral health settings, the people they serve, as well as the opportunities and roles that primary care professionals play in helping to improve the whole health of individuals with serious mental illnesses.
- Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Care:
- Workshops and Toolkits:
- The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S):
A collaboration of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the Education Development Center (EDC) – both organizations have extensive experience in addressing suicide and suicide prevention.suicideprevention-icrc-s.org
- Workplace Wellness – An Employer’s Guide to Policy Approaches to Address Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, Mental Health, Suicide, and Chronic Disease – Wyoming Department of Health
- Resources for Clinicians who have Lost a Patient and/or Family Member to Suicide – This site provides resources and information for therapists as survivors of suicide
These guidelines remain the current best practice guidelines for preventing and containing suicide clusters.
This publication from SAMHSA examines what is known about suicide clusters within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations and uses that information to provide recommendations for stakeholders working to prevent and contain suicide clusters within AI/AN communities. Also available here:
Mobile Resources to Support Behavioral Health – Download Free Apps from SAMHSA
Promote positive behavioral health in your community. SAMHSA has resources that can help address some of the toughest mental health and substance use challenges, including suicide prevention, bullying prevention, behavioral health following a disaster, and underage drinking prevention.
- Suicide Safe helps health care providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients.
- KnowBullying provides information and guidance on ways to prevent bullying and build resilience in children. A great tool for parents and educators, KnowBullying is meant for kids ages 3 to 18.
- SAMHSA Disaster App provides responders with access to critical resources—like Psychological First Aid and Responder Self-Care—and SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to help responders provide support to survivors after a disaster.
- Talk. They Hear You is an interactive game that can help parents and caregivers prepare for one of the more important conversations they may ever have with children—underage drinking.
VERMONT MODEL SUICIDE RESPONSE 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.
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.
Mental Health/Substance Abuse
Mental Health/ Substance Abuse Prevention/Intervention Protocols
Mental Health/ Substance Abuse Postvention Protocols
Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Care Practices – A guide for Primary Care Providers and Medical Practice Managers
Developed by the Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education Mental Health Program (WICHE MHP) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC).
This toolkit contains tools, information, and resources to implement state-of-the art suicide prevention practices and overcome barriers to treating suicidal patients in the primary care setting. You’ll find assessment guidelines, safety plans, billing tips, sample protocols, and more.
Social Services/Youth Services
Social Services/ Youth Services Prevention/Intervention Protocols
Social Services/ Youth Services Postvention Protocols
APPENDIX A: Warning Signs
APPENDIX B: Sample Verbal Responses
APPENDIX C: When You May be Unsafe
APPENDIX F: Media Guide
APPENDIX H: Resources
Brochures and Posters by Profession
If you are interested in obtaining copies of brochures or posters please contact: