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.

Reports

This report analyzes survey data from 200 participants in USAID-funded, EDC-implemented youth programs in North East Kenya and Honduras.

Toolkits

This toolkit provides ideas for integrating suicide prevention into the work of senior centers.

Reports

The death of an officer by suicide requires immediate steps to support the officer’s family, department, and other loved ones. After a Suicide in Blue: A Guide for Law Enforcement Agencies provides best practices in suicide prevention to guide agency response efforts, including actions to take immediately following a suicide loss, as well as support and services for agencies to consider having available over time.

Resource libraries

This website includes selected resources from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s work to prevent suicide.

Reports

The revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention emphasizes the role every American can play in protecting their friends, family members, and colleagues from suicide.

Fact sheets

This is an organizational fact sheet detailing the National Officer Safety Initiative project.

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.

Fact sheets

This poster reminds advocates of the key warning signs of suicide which are examined in the H.O.P.E Suicide Prevention Training for Crime Victim Advocates. It is designed to be posted in advocates’ office spaces for quick reference.

Websites

This resource is designed to help suicide prevention programs in state, tribal, campus, and community settings build and strengthen connections with their substance abuse prevention and treatment counterparts.

White papers

This issue brief, which EDC developed with Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) funding and in collaboration with the National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide, outlines the current state of knowledge regarding suicide in law enforcement. The authors describe risk and protective factors, challenges to suicide prevention, strategies and best practices, and existing knowledge gaps.