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Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative (PAYSPI) Multi-system collaboration to reduce youth suicide. In 2001, Pennsylvania developed its own youth suicide prevention plan, based on the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action. One of the goals in the plan is to “promote awareness that youth suicide is a public health problem that is preventable.” This organization is one way we are to working to achieve that goal. 
Each year PAYSPI sponsors a PSA contest for schools. Winning posters and announcements are available at http://payspi.org/psa/ for use in your school.
 
Suicide Safe: The Suicide Prevention App for Health Care Providers (2015) SAMHSA has developed this app to help providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients. This app is based on SAMHSA's Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) card.
 
Screening for Mental Health Comprehensive mental health educational and screening program designed for organizations. The flagship program of CommunityReponse is the National Depression Screening Day program.
 
Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools Published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is aimed at reducing the risk of suicide among high school students. Guidelines are provided for identifying teenagers at risk and providing resources for taking appropriate actions to provide help. This toolkit also provides high schools with useful information on the many federal, state and community programs that are available to help bolster suicide prevention efforts, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK).
 
Helping Children and Youth Who Have Experienced Traumatic Events (2011) Published by SAMHSA, this document provides information on how systems of care and trauma-informed services can improve the lives of children and youth who have experienced traumatic events. Includes findings from a national evaluation of such programs and describes common treatment approaches.
 
National Child Traumatic Stress Network Sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Mental Health and SAMHSA, this network provides evidence-based interventions, trauma-informed services and public and professional education. To access this resource, click here.
Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative (PAYSPI)- This iinitiative is a multi-system collaboration to reduce youth suicide and address the social and emotional needs of youth at risk and survivors of suicide.
 
Suicide Prevention Resource Center This is the nation's only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. They provide technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide.
 
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention This foundation is investing in groundbreaking research, new educational campaigns, innovative demonstration projects and critical policy work. They are 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.
 
Services for Teens At Risk (STAR Center) The Center is a comprehensive research, treatment, and training center. Funded by the State of Pennsylvania's General Assembly in 1986 to address adolescent suicide and depression, the program provides individual assessment and treatment to teens that are experiencing depression and suicidality.
 
The Trevor Project This project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
 
Youth Suicide Prevention School Based Guide This Guide is a tool that provides a framework for schools to assess their existing or proposed suicide prevention efforts and provides resources and information that school administrators can use to enhance or add to their existing program. It also provides information to schools to assist in the development of a framework to work in partnership with community resources and families.
 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
 
Educational Opportunities
 
SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program The evidence-based SOS Program teaches middle and high school students to recognize the warning signs for depression and suicidality and to respond effectively.
 
Society for Prevention of Teen Suicide The mission of the Society is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging overall public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs for teens, parents, and educators. The free, interactive series Making Educators Partners in Suicide Prevention is designed to be completed at the viewer's own pace.
 
Families for Depression AwarenessThis webinar is for parents, school staff, and youth workers to learn how to recognize signs of depression in teens, and how to get them the support they need.
 
More Than Sad Program This program provides education about factors that put youth at risk for suicide, in particular depression and other mental disorders. The program includes two sets of materials- one for teens and one for teachers and school personnel.
 
Updated: April 29, 2015