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Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Division of Violence Prevention
Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices Developed by: Deb Stone, ScD, MSW, MPH Kristin Holland, PhD, MPH Brad Bartholow, PhD Alex Crosby, MD, MPH Shane Davis, PhD Natalie Wilkins, PhD 2017 Division of Violence Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, Georgia
2 Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS), Acting Director National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Debra E. Houry, MD, MPH, Director Division of Violence Prevention James A. Mercy, PhD, Director Suggested citation: Stone, D.M., Holland, K.M., Bartholow, B., Crosby, A.E., Davis, S., and Wilkins, N. (2017). Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policies, Programs, and Practices. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices 3 Contents Acknowledgements ............................................................................................................................................ 5 External Reviewers ............................................................................................................................................... 5 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................. 7 Strengthen Economic Supports .................................................................................................................... 15 Strengthen Access and Delivery of Suicide Care .................................................................................... 19 Create Protective Environments .................................................................................................................. 23 Promote Connectedness ................................................................................................................................. 27 Teach Coping and Problem-Solving Skills ................................................................................................. 31 Identify and Support People at Risk ............................................................................................................ 35 Lessen Harms and Prevent Future Risk ....................................................................................................... 41 Sector Involvement ........................................................................................................................................... 43 Monitoring and Evaluation ............................................................................................................................. 45 Conclusion ............................................................................................................................................................ 47 References ............................................................................................................................................................. 49 Appendix: Summary of Strategies and Approaches to Prevent Suicide ........................................ 58
Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices 5 Acknowledgements We would like to thank the following individuals who contributed in specific ways to the development of this technical package. We give special thanks to Linda Dahlberg for her vision, guidance, and support throughout the development of this package. We thank Division, Center, and CDC leadership for their careful review and helpful feedback on earlier iterations of this document. We thank Alida Knuth for her formatting and design expertise. Last but definitely not least, we extend our thanks and gratitude to all the external reviewers for their helpful feedback, support and encouragement for this resource. External Reviewers Casey Castaldi Prevention Institute Carmen Clelland Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Amalia Corby-Edwards American Psychological Association Rachel Davis Prevention Institute Pamela End of Horn Indian Health Service Headquarters Craig Fisher American Psychological Association Keita Franklin Department of Defense Jill M. Harkavy Friedman American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Jarrod Hindman Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Linda Langford Education Development Center, Inc.

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