Suicide Prevention Resources

Guidelines for Suicide Prevention:

Texas State Plan for Suicide Prevention

For Parents:

Association for Behavioral Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Offers information for parents about childhood mental health issues and advice on finding the best treatment for you and your family.

Lok-It-Up is a campaign to promote the safe storage of firearms, including advice on how to safely store firearms and prevent teen firearm suicide. 

ASK Campaign's website is dedicated to gun safety. Information about firearm deaths and tips for preventing your children from gun violence.

For Survivors:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The AFSP website, www.afsp.org, provides information for survivors or suicide or suicide loss. AFSP is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those affected by suicide. This website provides information about suicide prevention, how to volunteer, educational resources, research grants, and support for surviving suicide loss.

For information about Texas Chapters of the AFSP, please see the Texas Chapter Index 

A listing of Texas Support Groups is also available on the AFSP website.

Survivors of Suicide offers support for those who have lost a loved on to suicide. Contains information about dealing with grief, personal stories of those who have lost loved ones to suicide, and a directory of national Survivors of Suicide support groups.

For Youth: 

Mind Your Mind is a non-profit dedicated to providing reliable information for youth dealing with depression, anxiety, and suicide. The site contains youth-specific resources, tips for coping with mental illness issues, and the personal stories of youth who have experienced and overcome these issues.

Reach Out is a website for youth, by youth, with information on how to help yourself or a friend who is thinking about suicide. Allows youth to share their stories about overcoming depression and suicide in an online, supportive environment.

We Can Help US is a collection of videos made by real teens who have gone through a variety of different challenges and overcome them. Also allows other youth to share their own stories in a supportive environment.

The Trevor Project  is a website dedicated to helping LGBTQ youth dealing with depression, anxiety, and suicide. Also operates a 24-hour crisis hotline, 1-866-4-U-TREVOR.

The Jed Foundation is a resource for college students containing information about depression and anxiety among college students, and information about how to get help at school.

Metanoia.org is an online resource that offers information about how to find and contact a therapist, and how to make sure your therapist is right for you. Also offers resources for connecting to a therapist online for 'e-therapy'.

GLBT National Youth Talkline. The GLBT National Youth Talkline provides telephone and email peer-counseling, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States. All National Youth Talkline services are free and confidential. 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743)

Texas Suicide Prevention Council:  

The Texas Suicide Prevention Council website, www.texassuicideprevention.org, provides information about what to do in a crisis situation, information on how to prevent suicide and how to cope with mental health disorders, a library with information about state laws, info on how to join a coalition in your area and symposium information. There are also free resources about suicide prevention to download such as the Coming Together to Care, a suicide prevention and postvention free toolkit for Texas communities.

Suicide Safer Care Centers:

The highest risk group to die by suicide are Texans with a mental health or substance abuse disorder.  Therefore, we are currently working to establish a gold standard, to be called Suicide Safer Care Centers, for Local Mental Health Authorities (LMHAs) with the goal of ZERO suicides in that care system. We are developing policies and procedures, revamping our risk assessment process, including safety planning and new follow-up procedures and providing evidence based training and technical assistance to bring the care system up to National best practices standards, based upon the new recommendations from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.  You may view these recommendations from the clinical care and interventions taskforce of the alliance in more detail in the state of the art report released in 2011 entitled, “Suicide Care in Systems Framework” (PDF), or on the Action Alliance website at www.nationalactionalliance.org.

We are working in partnership with the LMHAs on this exciting and cutting edge approach, which is based on research and national recommendations.  We highly recommend that you take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Last updated October 1, 2015