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Section 8: Other Helpful Resources

  • The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders. The AACAP widely distributes information online, and elsewhere, in an effort to promote an understanding of mental illnesses and remove the stigma associated with them; advance efforts in prevention of mental illnesses, and assure proper treatment and access to services for children and adolescents.

  • American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.

  • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has been at the forefront of a wide range of suicide prevention initiatives -- each designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. AFSP is investing in groundbreaking research, new educational campaigns, innovative demonstration projects and critical policy work. AFSP is expanding their assistance to people whose lives have been affected by suicide, reaching out to offer support and offering opportunities to become involved in prevention.

  • The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society representing more than 38,000 psychiatric physicians from the United States and around the world. Its member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual disability and substance-related disorders.

  • American Psychological Association (APA), based in Washington, DC, is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With more than 154,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide. A search of the website produced more than 200 documents related to suicide.

  • Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA approaches mental health and psychosocial concerns from the broad perspective of addressing barriers to learning and promoting healthy development. Its mission is to improve outcomes for young people by enhancing policies, programs, and practices relevant to mental health in schools. The Center is one of two national centers focusing directly on mental health in schools.

  • Children’s Safety Network (CSN) - National Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Center site contains publications and resources produced by CSN and other Education Development Center injury prevention projects related to youth suicide prevention. (Select Injury Topics from main menu, then select “Suicide Prevention” from drop-down menu)

  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. The organization fosters an environment of understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically based tools and information written in language the general public can understand.

  • Find Youth Info utilizes the “Through the Youth Topics” series, and the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs provides information, strategies, tools, and resources for youth, families, schools and community organizations related to a variety of cross-cutting topics that affect youth. Topics include: preventing youth violence, bullying, and positive youth development.

  • Jason Foundation, Inc (JFI) is a nationally recognized provider of educational curriculums and training programs for students, educators/youth workers and parents. JFI’s programs build an awareness of the national health problem of youth suicide, educate participants in recognizing the “warning signs or signs of concern”, provide information on identifying at-risk behavior and elevated risk groups, and direct participants to local resources to deal with possible suicidal ideation. JFI’s student curriculums are presented in the “third-person” perspective – how to help a friend.

  • National Alliance on Mentally Illness (NAMI) offers an array of peer education and training programs, initiatives and services for individuals, family members, health care providers and the general public. NAMI’s education and support programs provide relevant information, valuable insight, and the opportunity to engage in support networks. These programs draw on the lived experience of individuals who have learned to live well with mental illness and have been extensively trained to help others, as well as the expertise of mental health professionals and educators.

  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) works to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. A search of “suicide” provides a number of resources some focused on youth.

  • National Foundation for Depressive Illness (also known as the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression) works to shine a positive light on depression and eliminate the stigma associated with the disease through prevention, research and education. Its goal is to ensure 100% of the 350 million people affected by depression seek and receive treatment.

  • National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide (NOPCAS) has a primary focus and mission to increase suicide awareness and education in populations that are racially and ethically diverse. Additionally, its aim is to develop prevention, intervention, and postvention support services to these families and communities impacted adversely by the effects of violence, depression, and suicide in an effort to decrease life-threatening behavior.

  • Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) is a national initiative, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which takes a public health approach to preventing youth violence before it starts. To support this effort, STRYVE Online provides communities with the knowledge and resources to be successful in preventing youth violence.

  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC also hosts the Best Practice Registry listing programs and practices reviewed according to specific criteria for that section.

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