Resources from Other Organizations
There are many excellent organizations that support youth suicide prevention. Below are links to some of the most useful for schools in Wisconsin.
- Mental Health America of Wisconsin provides many resources on their Youth Suicide Prevention Resources page. It is useful for schools and communities wishing to collaborate to end youth suicide. The mission of MHA is to promote mental health, prevent mental disorders, and achieve victory over mental illness through advocacy, education, information and support. They provide information about mental health and mental illness to individuals, professional organizations, and the community. As part of our grant activities, DPI collaborated with MHA of Wisconsin to create a 3-part series of "Well Aware Bulletins" geared to those who want to take steps toward suicide prevention in their schools. The bulletins can be especially useful for beginning conversations with administrators. Simply download the bulletin below and print in color or black and white on 11 x 17 paper.
- The Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools Training & Technical Assistance Center builds the capacity of Wisconsin public school districts to implement programs that effectively prevent and intervene in alcohol and other drug abuse and violent behavior among students in order to reduce these barriers to learning. The Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools Center is a collaborative project between the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the CESA Statewide Network (CSN). The center is lead by Statewide Director Tracy Herlitzke, and four regional coordinators.
- The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), established in 2002, supports suicide prevention to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP). SPRC provides prevention support, training, and resource materials to strengthen suicide prevention networks and is the first federally funded center of its kind. SPRC is a training and technical resource center that builds capacity for states and communities to implement and evaluate suicide prevention programs. One important resource for school professionals is "Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk" (AMSR): The AMSR is a one-day, knowledge-based training that covers 24 competencies required for effective assessment and management of individuals at risk for suicide. See the American Association of Suicidology link below for more information about suicide risk assessment training.
- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those impacted by suicide.
- Startyourrecovery.org is a resource which offers people who are dealing with substance use issues a single source of relatable, reliable information at any stage of their recovery journey.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help or you are concerned about someone else, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. With more than 130 crisis centers across the country, their mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. They also support a suicide prevention page on MySpace.
- The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) works to understand and prevent suicide by directing efforts to advance the study of suicide as a science, encouraging the development and application of strategies that reduce the incidence and prevalence of suicidal behaviors.
- U OK? Friends Ask!
Peers engaging peers to prevent suicide.
- GSA for Safe Schools is committed to safe middle and high schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youths, and all students.
- The Trevor Project is a national organization forcused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
- Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) assures that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
- Prevent Suicide Wisconsin partners saving lives in our state. The mission of Prevent Suicide Wisconsin is to reduce the number of suicides that take place in our state each year.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a US Department of Health and Human Services agency that is focused on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders, and provides resources including programs, policies, and grants.
- Project Fresh Light has the latest research news, provider networking, best practices, and internet discussion board in relation to adolescent substance abuse treatment in Wisconsin.
For questions about this information, contact Gregg Curtis (608) 266-2820