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Injury Prevention Inventory: Suicide
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A Compendium of Injury Prevention Strategies, Sample Measures, & Resources



Sample Measures

Additional Resources


Supporting Resources

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School-based suicide prevention program

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) Best Practices Registry

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

The purpose of the Best Practices Registry (BPR) is to identify, review, and disseminate information about best practices that address specific objectives of theNational Strategy for Suicide Prevention

Emergency room or primary care screening intervention

Screening for Suicide Risk in Primary Care: A Systematic Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

O’Connor, E.; Gaynes, B.; Burda, B.; Williams, C.; and Whitlock, E.

This study was conducted to review evidence for the accuracy of suicide risk screening instruments, and the effectiveness and safety of screening for suicide risk and treatments to prevent suicide

Primary Care: A Crucial Setting for Suicide Prevention

Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW, Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Article about the integral role primary care physicians play in suicide screening and how they can better their efforts to identify those at risk


Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Contains tools, information, and resources to implement state-of-the art suicide prevention practices and overcome barriers to treating suicidal patients in the primary care setting

Emergency Department Suicide Screening Tool Accurately Predicts At Risk Youth


National Institute of Mental Health

This article provides information on the efficacy of emergency departments using the Ask Suicide Screening Questions (ASQ) to identify youth at risk of suicide

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Sample Measures

Sample Distal Measures for Suicide

Sample Proximal Measures for Suicide

  • Emergency department visits
  • Fatalities
  • Hospitalizations


  • Counseling referrals
  • Links between statewide surveillance systems that can inform suicide prevention
  • Organizations/agencies implementing evidence based programs
  • Participants/organizations reached through suicide prevention trainings
  • Partners actively engaged in implementing suicide prevention programs and policies
  • Physician referrals
  • Police reports related to suicide injury/fatality
  • Reported adverse childhood experiences
  • Reported protective childhood experiences
  • Suicide prevention policies adopted
  • Trainings related to suicide prevention

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Additional Resources Related to Suicide

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Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) A technical package is a compilation of a core set of strategies to achieve and sustain substantial reductions in a specific risk factor or outcome. The strategies represented in this package include those with a focus on preventing the risk of suicide in the first place as well as approaches to lessen the immediate and long-term hams of suicidal behavior for individuals, families, communities, and society. This package is intended as a resource to guide and inform prevention decision-making in communities and states. 

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente

Investigation conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being

Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

A resource co-developed by CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention and Prevention Institute that shares research on connections between different forms of violence and describes how these connections affect communities

The Facts Hurt: A State-by-State Injury Prevention Policy Report

Trust for America’s Health

This report highlights a set of indicators that provide the public and policymakers with information about the status of some key injury prevention policies in states, and provides recommendations for key strategies to reduce injuries in the United States

The State Health Department’s Role in the Policy Process

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This document was created to provide guidance to CDC funded state health departments about their important role in informing and evaluating policy to prevent injuries and violence through active participation in the policy process

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Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations associated with the strategies and resources listed within this inventory are exclusively those of their authors, and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Safe States Alliance.

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