Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a tragic reaction to stressful life situations, and all the more tragic because suicide can be prevented. It may seem like there's no way to solve your problems and that suicide is the only way to end the pain. But, there IS hope...

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5 Steps to Save a Life

Five simple and proven steps in less than 5 minutes that can HELP YOU PREVENT A SUICIDE. (4:50 minutes)


A video discusses the cultural aspects of suicide, as well as human needs and causes. Provided by The School of Life. (4:48 minutes)

I Jumped Off The Golden Gate Bridge

“The millisecond my hands left the rail, it was an instant regret.  No one is going to know I didn’t want to die.”  — Kevin Hines

Since the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937, thousands of people have tried to kill themselves by leaping. Only 34 have lived. Kevin Hines is one of them.  The first time Hines shared his story in public, it was to a group of seventh and eighth graders at the middle school he had attended. He received 120 letters, one from each of the students who had listened to him. Among those were six from children who were suicidal. Because the letters were screened, those students received help. That was the beginning of his mission. Hines has spoken to millions of people since then, always with the same basic message: You are not alone. Recovery is possible.

Kevin is using his story to spread suicide prevention awareness with his film, Suicide: The Ripple Effect, found at

Fear Is A Liar

This music video shows stories where fear is a liar. You matter. There is hope. (4:32 minutes)

One Photo: Six Words

In August 2015, CDC and SAMSHA asked people how they would create unique photos/images with six words on how you prevent suicide. (3:33 minutes)

Suicide Risk Assessment in Youth

Dr. Cheryl King, Ph.D., a professor of psychology, shares an overview of the risk and protective factors for suicide. (66:15 minutes)

Myths About Suicide

Dr. Thomas Joiner, an American academic psychologist and leading expert on suicide, speaks at a Suicide Prevention Conference. (53:57 minutes)

Why We Choose Suicide

Mark Henick, a mental health advocate, shares his personal story about suicide at a TED talk in Toronto. (15:25 minutes)

Why the Adult Suicide Rate is Rising

About 40 percent more American adults between the ages of 40 and 64 will die by suicide compared to 15 years ago. A news report […] (2:44 minutes)

Teen Suicide Prevention – Ask. Say Something.

Teens describe common signs that a teen is considering suicide and provide encouragement for communicating directly and immediately for support and safety. It also Includes […] (3:47 Minutes)

Concerned you or someone you love is at risk for suicide?


Complete the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)* screening below.
Only six questions to quickly determine whether someone may need help.

Click Below:
Suicide Prevention Screening


NOTE: Always ask questions 1, 2, & 6.  Only ask 3, 4, 5 if given a yes to 2.

If the response to any of the questions is YES, a YES must be taken seriously.  Seek help from friends or family.  If the answer to 4, 5, or 6 is YES, escort to emergency personnel for care and get further help from a professional.  If you live in Indiana and need help finding a behavioral health provider, visit Find Help or call (800) 284-8439.

*The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) is a questionnaire used for suicide assessment. It is available in 114 country-specific languages. Mental health training is not required to administer the C-SSRS. It makes it easy for anyone to identify when someone they care about is at risk for suicide.  This screening tool can be used by family members, friends and anyone who has a personal relationship with the individual who may be at risk.



This self-screening tool is not a substitute for clinical diagnosis or advice.  By using the screening tool, you agree to accept that the website’s owner and contributors are not responsible or liable for the outcome of the tool, the accuracy of the calculations, or any decisions or events which result from using it.  This website does not provide medical advice, but is intended to help people understand and address mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.