Resources for Specific Populations
Suicide prevention and awareness websites have many resources on risk factors, prevention, support, training, screening and assessment, and care options. Please visit these listed websites to review all information. For specific topics, review individual categories with direct links included. In a life-threatening situation, call 911 immediately.
Children and Adolescents
Suicide Prevention Resource Center:
- Children Ages 12 and Younger: Resources related to children ages 12 and younger including materials, programs, trainings, and other information available from SPRC.
- Adolescents: Suicide prevention efforts to reduce the suicide risk factors for teens and strengthen the factors that help protect them from suicide.
- Teens: Websites with suicide prevention resources for teens, for those who may be at risk for suicide, and those who have friends who may be at risk. These websites all have fact sheets, and some have videos, stories written by teens, and text and online chat options.
- SAGE Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders – Hotline: Connects LGBT older people with persons certified in crisis response that offer support, answer questions, provide community support resources.
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center – LGBT People: Resources on risk and protective factors specific to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender persons.
- Trans Lifeline: Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.
- The Trevor Project
- Lifeline, chat or text: Leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
- Preventing Suicide Resources: Includes warning signs, risk factors, facts about suicide, how you can help, reporting about suicide, and talking about suicide and the LGBTQ populations
- Training and Resources: Trainings for youth, educators, school leaders, and more.
- UPMC HealthBeat Podcast: Suicide Prevention Among LGBTQ+ Teens: Kristen L. Eckstrand, MD, PhD, talks about suicide among LGBTQ+ teens, warning signs of suicide, and ways to help an adolescent or teen in need.
Military Service Members and Veterans
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center - Military Service Members and Veterans: Review comprehensive suicide prevention programs from the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Community and Provider Resources: Online suicide prevention training video, clinical practice guidelines, training and education opportunities, and clinician tools
- Mental Health Support and Topics: Veterans and their family members can connect with support through in-person appointments at local VA facilities, telehealth sessions, and online resources
- Outreach Resources and National Partnership Network: Community outreach and social media safety toolkits and national partnership network
- Suicide Prevention: Suicide prevention strategy, national data and reporting, and state level veteran suicide data
- Veterans Crisis Line: Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
Physical Health Problems or Disabilities
Racial and Ethnic Groups
Suicide rates, risk and protective factors, and the suicide prevention strategies that are most appropriate may vary across groups. Suicide prevention programs should be based on an understanding of the suicide problem among each group of interest and use a culturally competent approach that considers cultural factors such as the role of the family, level of acculturation, language preferences, and religious beliefs.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center:
Substance Use Disorder
- SAMHSA - Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment: Manual offers guidelines for working with suicidal adults living with substance use disorders. It covers risk factors and warning signs for suicide, core competencies, and clinical vignettes.
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center – Substance Abuse Treatment: Resources for addressing suicidal thoughts and behaviors in substance abuse treatment.