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For Professionals

A Suicide Prevention and Postvention Toolkit for Texas Communities

The 2012 edition of this toolkit was designed with both the print reader and digital reader in mind; the layout has been altered to make it easy to read in any format, whether online, on a mobile device, or in print.

Additionally, you will find that copies of paper documents, fact sheets and handouts have been replaced with direct hyperlinks embedded within the online version (and visible in the print version). By providing electronic access to these resources, the 2012 Texas Suicide Prevention and Postvention Toolkit facilitates the ability to access critical, most current information, tools and research efficiently and effectively. 

This year’s edition also incorporates best practices resources, training and education materials made available from leading national organizations such as: 

  • American Association of Suicidology 
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
  • Mental Health America 
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness 
  • National Institutes of Health 
  • National Institute of Mental Health 
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
  • Suicide Awareness Voices of Change 
  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center 
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration 


As we are all aware, suicide is a public health issue. By working together to facilitate change in our communities, we are confident we can make Texas a healthier and happier state for all. 

A Guide for Early Responders Supporting Survivors Bereaved by Suicide


Early responders play a vital role in supporting people who have lost someone they care about, someone they know who has died by suicide. Suicide loss is profoundly different than otherloss and grief in that it is a intentional act that can have crippling effects for the family, friends and other survivors.  Suicide is recognized as an important public health problem and a major source of preventable deaths worldwide. (WHO, 2009) 

Many people die each year by suicide… it is a complex, multi–faceted problem leaving some survivors who have a loved one die by suicide with their life as they knew it changed forever. Suicide can affect survivors in many life areas including having biological, psychological, social and spiritual impact. Research shows those closest to the person who died by suicide are themselves vulnerable to self harm including substance abuse. Survivors may be at 40X greater risk of suicide themselves because ofthe suicide loss. (LivingWorks Canada, 2006)

A Framework For Suicide Prevention Planning in Manitoba


A provincial committee was struck to develop a framework to be used by Manitoba Health and Healthy Living, Regional Health Authorities and participating organizations to develop plans to address suicide. The committee, with representation from Regional Health Authorities, Self-Help groups, consumers, family members, First Nations and Métis communities met from July 2004 to December 2005. 

The committee looked at data on suicide and self inflicted injury, reviewed best practice literature, inquest recommendations, and suicide prevention strategies from other jurisdictions. A summary of this research is presented in the document “A Background Report” available through the Mental Health and Addictions Branch, Manitoba Health and Healthy Living. The main components and basic structure of the framework was influenced by the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention Blueprint.