Community Toolkits

Community Toolkits

Effective Suicide Prevention

  • The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has created a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. Visit their website here to learn more.
  • Learn how to build partnerships and prevent suicide in your state or community with the SPRC‘s online learning lab at 
  • Strengthening partnerships toolkit: Linking national organizations and local coalitions: This toolkit is designed as a guide to assist coalitions in securing the commitment of important local partners. It incorporates materials to prepare coalitions to meet with potential partners, case studies and planning worksheets for eight sectors and template materials for use after a new partnership is developed.Sample materials include an introduction to the Strengthening Partnerships project, a meeting checklist, introductory letter and one-page coalition description. Among the templates provided are a planning worksheet, membership commitment form, Memorandum of Understanding and press release.
  • Reducing the risk of suicide: a toolkit for employers: The mission of this toolkit is to help employers reduce the risk of suicide. The resource supports senior leadership, line managers, HR and occupational health and safety professionals identify a member of staff who may have suicidal feelings and gives practical advice on how to deal with a crisis situation. This toolkit will embed suicide prevention strategies in your organization’s health and well being policies, guide your approach to supporting those at risk and act as a resource to provide support across the workforce.
  • Human Service Program Evaluation: How to improve your accountability and program effectiveness: The mission of the WICHE Mental Health program is twofold:
    • to assist states in improving systems of care for mental health consumers and their families
    • to advance the preparation of a qualified mental health workforce in the West. The program collaborates with states to meet the challenges of changing environments through regional research and evaluation, policy analysis, program development, technical assistance, and information sharing.

Native American Toolkits

  • To Live To See the Great Day That Dawns: Preventing Suicide by American Indian and Alaska Native Youth and Young Adults: This manual lays the groundwork for community-based suicide prevention and mental health promotion plans for American Indian and Alaska Native teens and young adults. It addresses risks, protective factors and awareness, and describes prevention models for action.
  • Hope for Life Day Toolkit: This toolkit is geared towards professionals and grass-roots organizers working in AI/AN communities to implement a community-wide Hope for Life Day on September 10 of each year.The National American Indian/Alaska Native Hope for Life Day coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 of each year. This toolkit will help community organizers take specific steps to change the conversation around suicide, initiate action for awareness, and foster hope in the effort to reduce or eliminate suicide in their community. Organizers are encouraged to host culturally tailored events in their community to promote hope, life, cultural resiliency, and community transformation.

Health and Behavioral Health Care Toolkits

  • Depression Toolkit for Primary Care Clinicians:The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) Adolescent Toolkit: “This Depression Toolkit is intended to help primary care clinicians effectively assess, treat and monitor depression in adolescents with this condition. The kit will provide you with easy-to-use tools to engage the member in the process of treatment, and to educate and empower the member to participate in his or her own treatment plan. As a clinician, you can effectively select an appropriate management approach for treating depression by using the evidenced-based guidelines and management tools for treating depression that were adopted by the American Psychiatric Association. These guidelines cannot replace good clinical judgment, and they should not be the sole source of guidance for adolescent depression management.”
  • Zero Suicide Toolkit: Use this toolkit to begin implementation of the ten steps to begin a Zero Suicide in your hospital or behavioral health setting.

Senior Care Toolkits

  • Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: This toolkit equips senior living staff with resources to promote mental health, suicide prevention, and encourages active participation among residents. It includes guidelines for integrating suicide prevention into ongoing programs, hands-on tools, and training manuals.
  • Late Life Suicide Prevention Toolkit:Created by the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH), the Late Life Suicide Prevention Toolkit is an educational program developed for use by front-line providers, medical and mental health care clinicians, and health care trainees. It focuses on how to identify suicide warning signs, establish rapport and assess suicide risk and resiliency factors, and manage immediate and ongoing risk for suicide among older adults. The Toolkit contains:
    1. Suicide Assessment & Prevention for Older Adults: Life Saving Tools for Health Care Providers DVD
    2. PowerPoint presentation (57 slides)
    3. Facilitator’s Guide (19 pages)
    4. Suicide Assessment & Prevention for Older Adults clinician pocket card
    5. CCSMH National Guidelines for Seniors’ Mental Health: The Assessment of Suicide Risk and Prevention of Suicide

Military Member and Veteran Related Toolkits

  • Community Provider Toolkit:Developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, this online community provider toolkit is aimed at delivering support, therapeutic tools, and resources to community providers treating veterans for mental health concerns.
  • VA Suicide Prevention Resources: Community Toolkit: Use the items on this page to create your own tooklit and to find information about common issues that many Veterans face, as well as concrete steps to help you support a Veteran who may be dealing with emotional distress or be at risk for suicide.