Can your community do more to reduce the possibility of suicide? As communities strive to prevent suicide, it can be helpful to initiate a process of reviewing existing prevention plans and also developing new ones. As part of this process, CTRI will guide your group through a facilitated process to develop a detailed plan for suicide prevention, with emphasis on addressing the root risk factors that lead to suicide.This plan usually requires one day to go through the following phases:
Phase 1 – Gather Community Caregivers
- Who should be part of the planning?
Phase 2 – Explore the History of Suicide
- Is the rate of suicide and suicide attempts increasing or decreasing?
- What is the quantitative or qualitative data that shows what is happening?
Phase 3 – Establish What the High Risk Factors Are (rate them)
- What are the commonalities of those completing/attempting suicide (e.g., drug use, mental illness, etc.)?
- Is any age or gender group more represented?
- What are the methods of suicide?
- What are the seasons of suicide?
Phase 4 – Explore Existing Resources
- What are the programs in place that already work to address high risk factors?
- How could these programs be improved or enhanced?
Phase 5 – Develop New Resources
- What are new strategies that would address the identified risk factors?
- Who will do what? What is the time frame? How will you know it has been accomplished?
Phase 6 – Evaluation
- How will you know if these strategies are making a difference?
- How often will you evaluate plans?
At the conclusion of the suicide prevention plan development process, CTRI will distribute a concise report of the findings from each of the six phases.
We recommend that those who participate in the development of the suicide prevention plan first take the training Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Strategies.