Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States; among infants and children, ages 0-19, injuries and violence result in over 9 million emergency room visits a year. Worldwide, the toll of domestic violence and community violence continues from one generation to the next.

We work across international, national, state, and local boundaries to integrate evidence-based injury, suicide, and violence prevention into public health and health care systems. We gather and use data to inform policies, programs, and practices so that efforts are targeted to the populations and communities where needs are greatest and the greatest impact can be achieved.

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Resources

Here are a few of our resources on injury, violence, and suicide prevention. To see more, visit our Resources section.

Toolkits

This guide is designed to assist emergency department (ED) health care professionals with decisions about the care of patients at risk of suicide.

Reports

The Bullying Prevention Resource Guide provides links to organizations, programs, publications, and resources focused on bullying prevention. It is divided into seven sections:

Curricula

Education Development Center (EDC), with funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, has developed the self-guided training manual H.O.P.E.: Suicide Training for Crime Victims.

Reports

To promote optimal development, each Head Start program plans, implements, and evaluates actions that provide safe environments for children to be active and competent learners.

Reports

The Comprehensive Framework for Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention is a guide for police agencies to implement strategic, holistic, and intentional suicide prevention strategies across the continuum of prevention, intervention, and postvention.

Resource libraries

The Children’s Safety Network (CSN) is a national resource center for the prevention of childhood injuries and violence.

Reports

A powerful resource for police in addressing stress management, mental health concerns, suicide prevention, and overall officer safety and wellness, Peer Support as a Powerful Tool in Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention draws upon the key role peer support plays in the many aspects of suicide prevention.

Websites

This website helps suicide prevention professionals—both individuals and organizations—develop messages about suicide that are strategic, safe, and positive.

White papers

Messaging about Suicide Prevention in Law Enforcement: Strategies for Safe and Positive Messaging provides evidence-based recommendations to help law enforcement agencies promote and support help-seeking behaviors and suicide prevention efforts.

Toolkits

This online toolkit supports the implementation of the Zero Suicide Initiative in health and behavioral health care settings.