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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 Framework For Suicide Prevention Planning in Manitoba

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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. 

A Comprehensive Approach to Suicide Prevention

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An article from Suicide Prevention Resource Centre discusses the below:

Effective suicide prevention is comprehensive: it requires a combination of efforts that work together to address different aspects of the problem. The model above shows nine strategies that form a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention and mental health promotion.

Each strategy is a broad goal that can be advanced through an array of possible activities (i.e., programs, policies, practices, and services). This model of a comprehensive approach was adapted from a model developed for campuses by SPRC and the Jed Foundation, drawing on the U.S. Air Force Suicide Prevention Program.