Publications and Resources on Suicide Prevention

SAMHSA publications and related resources on suicide prevention

SAMHSA Publications

Related Publications


Online Training

Evidence-Based and Best Practices

Find information about evidence-based practices and best practices:

National Strategies and Initiatives

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance), launched in 2010, is a public/private partnership that advances the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP). The Action Alliance is focused on advancing three major priorities based on the NSSP:

  • Health Care Systems: Transforming health care systems to significantly reduce suicide through its Zero Suicide initiative and other efforts addressing workforce training, financing, crisis services, and standard suicide care.
  • Communities: Supporting community-based efforts to implement effective suicide prevention strategies.
  • Messaging: Changing the public conversation about suicide to support the dissemination of safe and accurate messages that promote hope and recovery.

The Surgeon General’s 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action defined four strategic directions with associated goals and objectives:

  • Healthy and Empowered Individuals, Families, and Communities
  • Clinical and Community Preventive Services
  • Treatment and Support Services
  • Surveillance, Research, and Evaluation

External Resources

State and Local Initiatives

To learn more about suicide prevention efforts in your state and community, visit SAMHSA’s Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

Training and Education

SAMHSA’s Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC provides consultation, training, and resources to help advance suicide prevention efforts in states, Native settings, colleges and universities, health systems and other settings, and organizations that serve populations at risk for suicide.

Last Updated: 10/05/2018