National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-8255 at any time to speak with a skilled and trained counselor in your area, or visit the website for more information on suicide and suicide prevention.
A 24/7 suicide lifeline specifically for LGBTQ youth. Text and web chat options are available in addition to the phoneline. The website also offers resources, trainings, and model school policies for including LGBTQ issues in school-wide suicide prevention efforts.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Website with Suicide Prevention Information ranging from definitions to current research to prevention strategies.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Fact Sheet
A basic overview of who is at risk, and what can be done to help prevent suicide.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Information about understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, and advocacy. Includes resources like suicide facts, risk factors, warning signs, how to find help, research outcomes, and prevention programs.
American Association of Suicidology
Fact Sheets and Current Research on Suicide for many different demographics in the US.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Find information provided for schools and youth-serving organizations and follow links to prevention for students, lessons and toolkits, and how to talk to others after a suicide.
National Institute of Mental Health
Relevant news, publications, prevention strategies and other resources with information on suicide and suicide prevention.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
Uses the public health model along with media campaigns and education to raise awareness of suicide. Website contains resources for those who are feeling suicidal, know someone who is, or are grieving after losing someone to suicide.
How to help someone who is suicidal. Information and resources on understanding and preventing suicide, warning signs, risk factors, and what to do in a crisis or if you are worried about someone.
It Gets Better Project
For LGBT youth to find help and guidance when dealing with specific issues like bullying and contemplating suicide.
Journal Research Articles
CSCORE does not endorse any of the following research studies. Instead, our goal is to present you with the latest research being conducted. It is up to you to decide if the study is reliable and valid.
School-Based Suicide Risk Assessment Using eHealth for Youth: Systematic Scoping Review
Exner-Cortens, D., Baker, E., Gray, S., Van Bavel, M., Rivera, R. R., Vezina, E., ... & Arnold, P. D. (2021). School-based suicide risk assessment using ehealth for youth: systematic scoping review. JMIR mental health, 8(9), e29454.
The Effect of Peer Leadership on Suicidal Ideation in Senior High School Teenagers
Wulandari, N. P. D., Keliat, B. A., & Mustikasari. (2019). The effect of peer leadership on suicidal ideation in senior high school teenagers. Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing, 42(Suppl 1), 166-172. doi:10.1080/24694193.2019.1578437
What Works in Youth Suicide Prevention? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Robinson, J., Bailey, E., Witt, K., Stefanac, N., Milner, A., Currier, D., ... & Hetrick, S. (2018). What works in youth suicide prevention? A systematic review and meta-analysis. EClinicalMedicine, 4, 52-91.
Impact of the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Program on Suicide Mortality
Walrath, C., Garraza, L. G., Reid, H., Goldston, D. B., & McKeon, R. (2015). Impact of the Garrett Lee Smith youth suicide prevention program on suicide mortality. American Journal of Public Health, 105(5), 986-993.
Why an Alternative to Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training is Needed for Rural Indigenous Communities: Presenting an Empowering Community Storytelling Approach
Wexler, L., White, J., & Trainor, B. (2015). Why an alternative to suicide prevention gatekeeper training is needed for rural Indigenous communities: Presenting an empowering community storytelling approach. Critical Public Health, 25(2), 205-217.
Associations Among Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Suicide in High School Students
Bauman, S., Toomey, R.B., & Walker, J.L. (2013). Associations among bullying, cyberbullying, and suicide in high school students. Journal of Adolescence, 36(2), 341-350.
Understanding the Effectiveness of School‐Based Interventions to Prevent Suicide: A Realist Review
Balaguru, V., Sharma, J., & Waheed, W. (2012). Understanding the effectiveness of school‐based interventions to prevent suicide: A realist review. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18(3), 131-139.
Co-occurring Risk Behaviors Among White, Black, and Hispanic US High School Adolescents with Suicide Attempts Requiring Medical Attention, 1999–2007: Implications for Future Prevention Initiatives
Pena, J.B., Matthieu, M.M., Zayas, L.H., Masyn, K.E., & Caine, E.D. (2012). Co-occurring risk behaviors among White, Black, and Hispanic US high school adolescents with suicide attempts requiring medical attention, 1999–2007: Implications for future prevention initiatives. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 47(1), 29-42.
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Emotion Regulation Difficulties, Youth-Adult Relationships, and Suicide Attempts Among High School Students in Underserved Communities
Pisani, A.R., Wyman, P.A., Petrova, M., Schmeelk-Cone, K., Goldston, D.B., Xia, Y., & Gould, M.S. (2012). Emotion regulation difficulties, youth-adult relationships, and suicide attempts among high school students in underserved communities. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42(6), 807-820.
Ethnic Differences in Risk Factors for Suicide Among American High School Students, 2009: The Vulnerability of Multiracial and Pacific Islander Adolescents
Wong, S.S., Sugimoto-Matsuda, J.J., Chang, J.Y., & Hishinuma, E.S. (2012). Ethnic differences in risk factors for suicide among American high school students, 2009: The vulnerability of multiracial and Pacific Islander adolescents. Archives of Suicide Research, 16(2), 159-173.
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Connect: An Effective Community‐Based Youth Suicide Prevention Program
Bean, G., & Baber, K. M. (2011). Connect: An effective community‐based youth suicide prevention program. Suicide and Life‐Threatening Behavior, 41(1), 87-97.
Suicide Prevention by Limiting Access to Methods: A Review of Practice and Theory
Buus Florentine, J., & Crane, C. (2010). Suicide Prevention by Limiting Access to Methods: A Review of Practice and Theory. Social Science & Medicine, 70(10), 1626-1632.
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Preventing Suicide: A toolkit for high schools. Download as a free PDF or order for delivery.
A classroom curriculum for middle and high school that educates students and staff about the basic signs of suicide and includes a depression screening. See website for pricing information. Cost assistance is available.
Books & Book Chapters
Parents & Educators
Faber, A., & Mazlish, E. (2012). How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk: Updated Edition. Scribner Books.
Schiro, T. (2020). A Culture of Caring: A Suicide Prevention Guide for Schools (K-12). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
Gephart, D. (2016). Lily and Dunkin. Yearling Books.
Goorman, M. (2019) When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving & Healing. Free Spirit Publishing.
Hugstad, K. (2019) Beneath the Surface: A Teen's Guide to Reaching Out When You or Your Friend Is in Crisis. New World Library.
Messner, K. (2016). The Seventh Wish. Bloomsbury USA Childrens.