This study informs leveraging of digital technology and culturally responsive assessments to enhance police referrals of individuals experiencing suicide crises into treatment rather than incarceration. It specifically informs the development of a smartphone app designed to improve that process.
Refer to this blog post from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for a deeper dive into communicating effectively with your teen about suicide.
This tip sheet from the American Psychological Association offers a quick overview of risk factors, warning signs, and concrete action steps.
Explore this guide from the University of Utah for specific guidelines for approaching different age groups, ranging from the youngest children, through elementary and middle schoolers, and up to teens.
Effective suicide prevention involves being culturally sensitive to the individuals who are at risk. Clinical psychologist and researcher Joyce Chu of Palo Alto University discusses how traditional suicide risk assessments often miss the mark with diverse populations. She and her colleagues at the Santa Clara Department of Behavioral Health have launched an innovative new “culturally responsive” training program called “Be Sensitive, Be Brave,” to help individuals serve as the eyes and ears in their neighborhoods in preventing suicide among diverse populations.