Resources for Professionals

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



  • National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide:

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) has released the first-ever National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide ( in entertainment content, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC). Representatives from the entertainment industry and suicide prevention field provided input on the recommendations, which advances goal four of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.


  • 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.
  • 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



These guidelines remain the current best practice guidelines for preventing and containing suicide clusters.


Suicide Clusters within American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities (PDF)

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.

Learn more and download SAMHSA’s free mobile apps here





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.


Introduction to Protocols – How to Use these Protocols


Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, First Responders
EMT/EMP Prevention/Intervention Protocols
EMT/EMP Postvention Protocols


Faith Leaders
Faith Leaders Prevention/Intervention Protocols
Faith Leaders Postvention Protocols


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.

Gatekeeper Prevention/Intervention Protocols
Gatekeeper Postvention Protocols


Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement Prevention/Intervention Protocols
Law Enforcement Postvention Protocols


Mental Health/Substance Abuse
Mental Health/ Substance Abuse Prevention/Intervention Protocols
Mental Health/ Substance Abuse Postvention Protocols


Primary Care
Primary Care Prevention/Intervention Protocols
Primary Care 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


Workplace Supervisors
Workplace Supervisors Prevention/Intervention Protocols
Workplace Supervisors Postvention Protocols



APPENDIX A: Warning Signs

APPENDIX B: Sample Verbal Responses

APPENDIX C: When You May be Unsafe

APPENDIX D: Screening Tools PHQ2, PHQ9

APPENDIX E: HIPAA, HIPAA 2013, FERPA Guides, and Guide to Vermont Court Ordered Treatment

APPENDIX F: Media Guide

APPENDIX G: Risk Factors, Youth Risk Factors, and Protective Factors

APPENDIX H: Resources


Brochures and Posters by Profession







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