Effect of helping suicidal people using text messaging: An evaluation of effects and best practices of the Canadian suicide prevention Service’s text helpline

Background Empirical research on best practices in suicide prevention text intervention is scarce. We present analyses of exchanges concerning suicide on the Canadian Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) text helpline. Objective To describe the users of the CSPS text service, explore the perceived impact of the service, and identify intervention characteristics associated with a greater likelihood […]

Youth crisis hotlines: Merging best practice suicide prevention with a system of care (IN: Youth Suicide Prevention and Intervention, edited by J.P. Ackerman & L.M. Horowitz)

In the USA, crisis hotlines, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, have become a valued resource for individuals experiencing a suicidal crisis. Often staffed by trained counselors, crisis hotlines can provide immediate support and can help to identify a caller’s problem and potential solutions, ensure the caller’s safety, and connect them with appropriate resources. […]

Best practices in care transitions for individuals with suicide risk: Inpatient care to outpatient care

This report presents feasible, evidence-based practices that health systems can take to improve patient engagement and safety during the transition from inpatient to outpatient care.

Healing the whole human being: Realist review of best practices and contextual factors for preventing & treating opioid misuse in Indigenous contexts in Alberta

Key Messages • Colonization and resulting traumas directly impact addictions & mental health among Indigenous people, perpetuating stigma, misinformation & mistrust around accessing addictions services • Improving coordination between all levels of healthcare (e.g., primary/tertiary) and service domains (e.g., residential treatment, incarceration to community & vice versa) is key to sustained treatment outcomes Implications • […]

Delivering the first internationally accessible Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on suicide prevention: A case study and insights into best practice

To date, little guidance exists on how to design safe and effective online programming on sensitive and/or controversial topics. Massive online open courses (MOOCs) represent a unique opportunity for delivering inclusive and accessible teaching to international learner audiences. This paper provides an insight into designing and delivering the first internationally accessible MOOC on suicide prevention in the global context in 2019-highlighting insights into […]

Pathways to hope: Best practices in suicide prevention for Alberta schools

While this resource provides information and strategies for building a comprehensive suicide strategy in schools, it is also recognized that each school authority, school and community is unique. As a result, it is anticipated that the way in which the information in this resource is implemented will vary and will reflect local needs, as well […]

National guidelines for behavioral health crisis care: Best practice toolkit

This National Guidelines for Behavioral Health Crisis Care Best Practice Toolkit (National Guidelines for Crisis Care) responds to SAMHSA’s mission by providing science-based, real-world tested best-practice guidance to the behavioral health field. The Toolkit reflects careful consideration of all relevant clinical and health service research, review of top national program practices and replicable approaches that […]

School-based suicide prevention: A framework for evidence-based practice

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth aged 10–25 years, and approximately one in six adolescents reported serious suicidal ideation in the past year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] in Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). http://webappa.cdc.gov/cgi-bin/broker.exe, 2017). Schools are a unique environment in which to identify and respond to youth […]

Making it safer: A health centre’s strategy for suicide prevention.

Developing and implementing consistent methodology for suicide assessment and intervention is challenging, particularly in a large community hospital which provides both inpatient care and a wide range of ambulatory and community based mental health programs. Patients, families, staff, and ongoing evaluation contributed to the development of an initiative to determine what is best practice and […]

Best practices in school-based suicide prevention: A comprehensive approach.

This guide is intended to provide a framework to help school administrators and their partners develop comprehensive planning for suicide prevention. Information and tools contained in this guide will help schools by: identifying and defining the components and principles of a comprehensive, schoolbased suicide prevention strategy based on research and best practice evidence; suggesting ways […]

Best practice elements of multilevel suicide prevention strategies: A review of systematic reviews.

Evidence-based best practices for incorporation into an optimal multilevel intervention for suicide prevention should be identifiable in the literature. A number of evidence-based best practices for the prevention of suicide and suicide attempts were identified. Research is needed on the nature and extent of potential synergistic effects of various preventive activities within multilevel interventions.

Management of suicidal and self-harming behaviors in prisons: Systematic literature review of evidence-based activities.

The purpose of this study was to systematically analyze existing literature testing the effectiveness of programs involving the management of suicidal and self-harming behaviors in prisons. Multi-factored suicide prevention programs appear most effective in the prison environment. Using trained inmates to provide social support to suicidal inmates is promising. Staff attitudes toward training programs were […]

The process of suicide risk assessment: Twelve core principles.


Safety Planning Intervention: A brief intervention to mitigate suicide risk.

The usual care for suicidal patients who are seen in the emergency department (ED) and other emergency settings is to assess level of risk and refer to the appropriate level of care. Brief psychosocial interventions such as those administered to promote lower alcohol intake or to reduce domestic violence in the ED are not typically […]

Strategies for Suicide Prevention in Veterans

This report presents the results of a literature review done to answer 3 key questions: What are the new or improved suicide prevention strategies that show promise for veterans? What solid evidence base supports the most promising strategies? What evidence is still needed to establish various strategies as the most promising? 3,406 titles were screened […]

Development of Tasmania’s Suicide Prevention Strategy, 2010: Literature Review


Monroe County Suicide Prevention Plan

The suicide prevention plan for Monroe County, Michigan has 3 main components: awareness, intervention, & follow-up. This document outlines the goals & objectives associated with each of these. Awareness goals include community development & community education, the reduction of stigma, the implementation of prevention programs, & reducing the number of suicides in Monroe County. The […]

Best and Promising Practices in Suicide Bereavement Support Services: a Review of the Literature


Assessment and Care of Adults at Risk for Suicidal Ideation and Behaviour: Nursing Best Practice Guideline

This best practice guideline aims to assist nurses working in diverse practice settings in providing evidence-based care to adults at risk for suicide ideation & behaviours. Adults at risk may include any adult who may exhibit risk factors, with or without expressed suicide intent. The focus of this guideline is on best practice within the […]

Issues in Student Suicide and Sudden Death Postvention: Best Practices in School Crisis Response

This paper reviews & synthesizes relevant information on issues in school response to student suicide & sudden death. Risk factors that school personnel can identify, prevention, intervention, postvention, & ways to avoid common mistakes are highlighted.

Reaching for the top: a Report by the Advisor on Healthy Children & Youth

This report examines the health & wellness of Canadian children & adolescents. With respect to mental health, it is noted only one in five Canadian children who need mental health services currently receive them. Recommendations are made to improve access to paediatric mental health services, to establish a wait time strategy for paediatric mental health, […]

Suicide Prevention for Children and Youth: a Review of the National Literature (Best Practices in Children’s Mental Health Report #21)

This report reviews the empirical research on child & adolescent suicide & includes discussion of the following topics: definitions & epidemiology; current trends; means & methods of youth suicide; age; gender; ethnicity; risk & protective factors; suicide prevention & intervention; outcome research on prevention & intervention strategies; perspectives of youth, families, & professionals; & a […]

School-Based Suicide Prevention Program Planning: Useful & Efficacious Guidelines

This book began as an exploration of the scope & limits of a state-adopted suicide prevention manual. It expanded into the creation of useful & efficacious guidelines for school-based suicide prevention. Using a human ecological approach, the book examines trends in youth suicide, related legal implications, & the roles of school personnel. Research literature & […]