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Resources for Suicide Prevention

  • Project OCEAN: A Guide for Parents of CSULB Students Brochure The transition from high school to college is one of the biggest changes your son or daughter has faced. This marks a change in relationships with friends and family, increased independence, more school demands, balancing work and classes and other adjustments. As a parent, it is important to offer support and guidance, while still allowing your son or daughter to make independent choices. Our Parents Brochure gives tips and information on what to expect during the academic year, how you can help your son or daughter succeed, and the resources that are available on campus. If you prefer to read this brochure in Spanish, please click here.
  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC): Provides prevention support, training, and materials to strengthen suicide prevention efforts. Among the resources found on its website is the SPRC Library Catalog, a searchable database containing a wealth of information on suicide and suicide prevention, including publications, peer-reviewed research studies, curricula, and web-based resources.
  • American Association of Suicidology: A nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. It promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers and serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP): Dedicated to advancing our knowledge of suicide and our ability to prevent it. AFSP's activities include supporting research projects; providing information and education about depression and suicide; promoting professional education for the recognition and treatment of depressed and suicidal individuals; publicizing the magnitude of the problems of depression and suicide and the need for research, prevention, and treatment; and supporting programs for suicide survivor treatment, research, and education.
  • National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC): Located at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a valuable source of information and statistics about suicide, suicide risk, and suicide prevention. To locate information on suicide and suicide prevention, scroll down the left-hand navigation bar on the NCIPC website and click on "Suicide" under the "Violence" heading.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: provides immediate assistance to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider through a toll-free telephone number: (800) 273-TALK (8255). Technical assistance, training, and other resources are available to the crisis centers and mental health service providers that participate in the network of services linked to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
  • Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA): The nation's only suicide prevention organization dedicated to leveraging grassroots support among suicide survivors (those who have lost a loved one to suicide) and others to advance public policies that help prevent suicide.
  • How to Help a Friend Contemplating Suicide: A valuable resource guide on emergency assistance, warning signs & prevention of suicide in college students. This guide was designed to offer hope and help for those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, as well as the friends and family who want so badly to help them.

Mental Health Career Resources

Social Work Programs: Social workers help individuals and families going through a traumatic or turbulent time. This help might include connecting them with government assistance or intervening during a crisis to ensure children are safe. Graduate programs prepare social workers to tackle serious issues by teaching them about human behavior, societal influences, institutions and human development.

Counseling Programs: Counseling is meant to empower others to achieve goals in various aspects of life, including education, wellness, mental health, careers and relationships. Possible counseling programs include school counseling, counseling in student development in higher education, and counseling in marriage and family therapy.

Psychology Programs: Psychology is the study of the human mind and human behavior. When beginning study in psychology, students can choose a particular focus: research or clinical work. Students who intend to become researchers can take courses that focus strongly on research and statistics, while those who prefer to work with clients can tailor their educational experience toward the clinical side, with courses that focus on communication and various therapy theories.