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vv National and International Suicide Prevention Organizations

American Association of Suicidology
AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers. In addition, AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide. AAS holds national conferences for professionals and survivors of suicide, as well as other trainings and services; offers certification to crisis centers; and has many useful publications.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of suicide and our ability to prevent it. The Foundation’s activities include: providing information and education about depression and suicide; promoting professional education; publicizing the need for research, prevention, and treatment; and supporting programs for suicide survivor treatment, research, and education.

Befrienders International
Befrienders International is a charity developing volunteer action to prevent suicide in 41 countries worldwide and providing information on the Internet. Their site features the world's most comprehensive directory of “emotional first aid helplines.”

Centre for Suicide Prevention (Canada)
Formerly Suicide Information and Education Centre
Suicide Prevention Education Programs
he Suicide Information & Education Centre (SIEC) is a special library and resource centre providing information on suicide and suicidal behaviour, focusing on Aboriginal groups.

Centre for Suicide Research, University of Oxford
Research group investigating causes, treatment and prevention of suicidal behavior.

International Association for Suicide Prevention
IASP is dedicated to preventing suicidal behaviour, to alleviate its effects, and to provide a forum for academians, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors.

Kristin Brooks Hope Center
Concrete information with steps to take if you are thinking about suicide.

The Link’s National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare
The Link offers services for survivors who have lost a loved one by suicide. The Aftercare Program includes support groups, telephone counseling, grief counseling and consultation. Resource materials and a bereavement newsletter, The Journey, are available. The program also provides postventions for schools, businesses, places of worship and anyone in the community needing support and guidance after a suicide.

National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide
NOPCAS was founded by three African-American suicide survivors. Its goals are to bring suicide and depression awareness to minority communities that have historically been discounted from traditional awareness programs.

National Suicide Prevention Resource Center
(Information from the Center is not yet directly available)
On Oct. 1, 2002, the Education Development Center was awarded a $7.5 million grant over three years to help communities implement suicide prevention programs. “The Center’s primary goal will be to save lives by sharing best practices in suicide prevention.” It will include a national project,, to train public health professionals through online workshops and other educational resources.

Organizations of Attempters and Survivors of Suicide Interfaith Services
OASSIS enriches the lives of those who have been and will be touched by suicide by increasing suicide awareness and removing the stigma on attempters and survivors. OASSIS facilitates educational programs, organizes systems-wide support, trains professional caregivers, and offers consultative services.

The Real World
Provides information about suicide and its prevention. It includes frequently asked questions about suicide, essays, emergency help, warning signs, statistics, international crisis resources and annotated links to other suicide and related sites. The simplistic yet stylish design of this site allows for easy

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
SAVE is committed to removing stigma associated with depressive brain diseases (such as clinical depression and bipolar illness) through education of the general public. SAVE’s billboard campaign conveys two messages: Depression is a disease and untreated depression can lead to suicide. The site has a great deal of information about depression and suicide.

Suicide and Parasuicide: The Suicidology Web
This site brings the latest subjects and resources related with the study of the suicidal phenomena. It is specially designed for health care professionals; Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Suicidologists, Sociologists, Therapists and other mental health practitioners and general health care providers. Offering a great number of resources, based in the most accurate and reliable sources available, it gathers important information useful for those working in the field.

Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA)
SPAN USA is dedicated to preventing suicide through grassroots personal and community action grounded in best practices and collaboration. The organization facilitates partnerships among all who are dedicated to preventing suicide through proven, effective programs at every level of society. SPAN USA is a tremendous resource for individuals and communities striving for change.

Suicide Prevention Research Center
Serves the inter-mountain west region. CDC’s largest national extramural investment in suicide prevention research and training. The center will identify, evaluate, develop, and improve suicide interventions fro the prevention and control of suicide-related injuries; and develop a regional suicide surveillance system. Website slated for 2003. Please contact Lynne Fullerton-Gleason, Ph.D., University of Nevada School of Medicine, Suicide Prevention Research Center. E-mail:

Violence and Injury Prevention Program
The Violence and Injury Prevention Program conducts research to improve our ability to detect, intervene, and prevent suicide, homicide-suicide, and homicide; trains professionals to detect, intervene, and prevent these situations; provides traumatic grief resources for family survivors; advocates for suicide and related prevention.