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Technical Package Helps States and Communities Prioritize Strategies to Prevent Suicide

Friday, February 24, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Austin
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Today, the CDC released Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices to help states and communities prioritize efforts to prevent suicide.


A technical package is a collection of strategies that represents the best available evidence to prevent or reduce public health problems like suicide.  This package highlights 7 strategies to prevent suicide:


  • Strengthen economic supports
  • Strengthen access and delivery of suicide care
  • Create protective environments
  • Promote connectedness
  • Teach coping and problem-solving skills
  • Identify and support people at-risk 
  • Lessen harms and prevent future risk

The strategies are intended to work in combination and reinforce each other. Their implementation requires a collective effort across sectors. The technical package describes the approaches to advance each strategy and the evidence behind them.


The strategies in the technical package support the goals and objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide by 20% by 2025. 


How can the document be used?

The technical package is intended as a resource to guide and inform prevention decision-making in communities and states.


Learn more about technical packages

CDC has also developed technical packages for sexual violence, child abuse and neglect, and youth violenceA package for prevention of intimate partner violence is in progress. Click here for more information about technical packages for violence prevention and best practices for program implementation.

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