The European Alliance Against Depression: a Multilevel Approach to the Prevention of Suicidal Behavior

This article describes the creation of the European Alliance Against Depression in 2004 & the cornerstone of the alliance, which is a shared multi-level approach that includes interventions on 4 levels: education of primary care physicians; a professional public relations campaign, training of community facilitators, & interventions with affected persons & high-risk groups. Several countries […]

Development of Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention in a County of Austria

This presentation described the development of a suicide prevention & crisis intervention centre in an Austrian county. Much of the work involves public relations as there is stigma towards social psychiatry in the local population.

Preventing Suicide: Kentucky’s Plan


The Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Suicide Prevention Strategy


The Science of Public Health Messages for Suicide Prevention: a Workshop Summary

On October 22-23, 2003, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, & the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration sponsored a workshop entitled “The Science of Public Messages for Suicide Prevention.” The participants discussed key areas that could inform future suicide prevention programs & compiled an eight-point research […]

Fatal Obstructions: the end of a Suicide Prevention Centre?

Published in “Suicide Risk & Protective Factors in the New Millennium,” ed. by O T Grad

Speaking out on Suicide Prevention: Media Training Workshop

This book provides a practical reference to help people plan & conduct media relations in their community. It discusses the foundation of a successful media relations program – who needs to be reached, what they need to know, & how to reach them. It then outlines how to plan for & conduct a media relations […]

The Impact of a Media Campaign on Public Action to Help Maltreated Children in Addictive Families

This article reports the impact of a South Carolina state-wide campaign based on the collaboration among media & human services professionals & the application of principles from the theory of reasoned action. It describes the multimedia project, summarizes key outcomes, & offers recommendations for future public awareness projects. The camapign helped to increase by 62% […]

Message From the President: “Growing Pains”

This message from the president of the American Association of Suicidology addresses the fact that the membership of this organization was not growing – in the 3 years up to 1990, the number of members had remained at 1,300. Slaby urges current members to try and bring in new members, & also, if able, to […]

CISP Subcommittee: Protocol Meeting, February 2, 1994

This kit on the CISP (Community Interagency Suicide Prevention) outlines Council activities for 1994/95, identifies key front-line agencies, a team concept flow chart, standard definitions of suicide risk assessment, local resources for the Peigan Nation, & includes reports of the Marketing & the Protocol Development Sub-committees. The steps in protocol development (agency mandate & procedures […]

Stay Tuned… A Prevention-Oriented Communications Plan for Teen Suicides

This plan addresses communications to a number of distinct target groups, including teens themselves, their parents, schools, government, community groups & the media. The plan focuses on the direction for communications & is based on the premise that the lack of communication is itself the problem. A 5-year strategy incorporating public relations, education, advertising campaigns […]

Containing Crisis: a Guide to Managing School Emergencies

This book offers practical guidelines for making a school or school district a safer environment for staff & students. Components of planning & emergency management are presented, including: establishing effective media contacts, providing victims services, creating a process for controlling rumours, assessing needs, & implementing a comprehensive plan. 2 appendices outline a sample school emergency/safety […]

Campus Suicide Prevention: Issues for the Counseling Center Director (IN: College Student Suicide, ed. by L C Whitaker and R E Slimak)

The role of the counseling center director in a suicide prevention program is to maximize his/her staff’s effectiveness, both presently & in the future. To do this, the director must carry out &/or oversee a broad range of related activities, including hiring counselors, providing staff development, building campus & community networks, making use of data, […]

Model Suicide Prevention Programs, Part 1

This newsletter contains 2 articles. The 1st describes a suicide prevention program in the Oneida County (New York) Correctional Facility. The article describes the procedures the jail uses, including specific directives on identification/screening, supervision, & inter-agency cooperation. The 2nd article addresses the investigative process immediately following a jail suicide as they relate to liability, as […]

Response to the Discussion Paper of the Suicide Prevention Provincial Advisory Committee

The response provides the history & background of the Alberta model of suicide prevention; an overview & critique of the SPPAC discussion paper, & 6 recommendations for improving the model’s application, 3 of which are as follows: that the SPPAC commission an independent evaluation of the model & commission independent experts to rewrite it; additional […]

The Samaritans and the Elderly: Some Problems in Communication Between a Suicide Prevention Scheme and a Group With a High Suicide Rate

Describes a national random survey of British citizens aged 65 and over in order to find out what proportion of seniors know of the Samaritans and what proportion of them use the telephone to contact the Samaritans. From 583 completed interviews, it was concluded that those likeliest to commit suicide were least likely to know […]

A cry for Help That’s Dying to be Heard

This task force report presents an action plan for youth suicide prevention. The following programs are included in the proposal: public information & gatekeeper education, the workplace group, media relations, police training, clergy outreach, municipal crisis response teams, school programs, advertising, & public relations campaigns. (LH)

Suicide Information and Prevention

This transcript of Hansard for a session of the Yellowknife, NWT Legislature presents an address about suicide prevention by the provincial suicidologist of Alberta. Responses of the members are included as are the motions passed relative to suicide prevention policy & strategies.

Letter of Transmittal (IN: Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Youth Suicide. Volume 1: Overview and Recommendations)

The Task Force on Youth Suicide provides the Dept. of Health & Human Services with a brief overview of youth suicide in the U.S. 4 recommendations are given: 1) quick & wide distribution of the report 2) create a focus for youth suicide within the Dept. 3) all agencies dealing with problems of youth integrate […]

Awareness. The First Step Toward Suicide Prevention

A pamphlet created by the American Association of Suicidology. The contents include media guidelines and various factors that one should be aware of in relation to suicidal behavior. A guideline is also included that details steps to preparing for suicide prevention week.

An Analysis of the External and Internal Structure of the Suicide Information and Education Center

Findings indicate that overall the Centre (SIEC) is doing a good job as a library, as shown by user satisfaction & the comprehensiveness of the database. However, problems exist in the following areas: SIEC’s relationship with the other elements in the Alberta model, lack of agreement on how valuable SIEC is to the model, issues […]

What to Do When Helpers Can’t Help

Getting the Message Across in Thirty Seconds