Youth Suicide Prevention Resources and Best Practices

Mental Health America (MHA) of Wisconsin has produced a number of products using evidence based and best practices from throughout the country.  Due to the overabundance of materials in suicide prevention, we have compiled what we believe are the most relevant and useful materials for starting a suicide prevention program or supplementing an already existing one.  These resources were created to help others prevent a suicide, because most suicides can be preventable.

The Well Aware Newsletter: Created to educate school administrators around mental health or suicide prevention issues.  The newsletters can be used to educate others as well. Download editions of the newsletter:
The Wisconsin Componenets of School-Based Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Model: A guide for schools to use in developing or improving their prevention programs, crisis plans, and response to suicides.

The Community-Based Suicide Postvention Guidelines for Wisconsin: Available to help community organizations best respond in the event of a suicidal crisis

Copyrighted materials from the Connect (formerly Frameworks) Youth Suicide Prevention Project, Postvention Community Response to Suicide developed by NAMI New Hampshire (NAMI-NH) significantly contributed to the conceptual design and to some of the specific content in the MHA Wisconsin Postvention Guidelines. MHA Wisconsin is using intellectual property under a license from NAMI-NH; therefore, third parties have a right to the property in the sole form that was produced under this license and it may not be altered and/or used for other purposes without consent from NAMI-NH. For information about Connect (formerly Frameworks) go to:

Technical Assistance: Mental Health America of Wisconsin offers a number of technical assistance and training opportunities for communities, schools, and coalitions for youth suicide prevention

Mental Health America of Wisconsin would like to thank a number of organizations and people who have helped make this possible:  The Postvention Workgroup, Katie Wootten and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), John Humphries and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Madison Metropolitan School District, Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Guidelines, National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) of New Hampshire, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), University of South Florida, The National Center for Cultural Competence, American Association of Suicidology (AAS), and Helping Others Prevent and Educate about Suicide (HOPES).