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Local resources include school counselors, psychiatrists and other medical doctors, psychologists, ministers, police, teachers, coaches, etc. and local mental health clinics.

American Association of Suicidology 
4201 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20008


Here for Life
Based out of Australia, Here for Life is a not-for-profit organization focusing on education, awareness and research to prevent youth suicide. They offer resources, education and school-based life skills programs.

Metanoia - Suicide

An excellent website to talk through suicidal pain with someone and lead them to resources.

The National Committee on Youth Suicide Prevention
67 Irving Place, South, New York City, NY 10003


An international organization whose mission is to "be available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide."

Suicide Information Center
6377 Apopka Place, San Diego, CA 92119

Suicide Prevention Communications Project, Australia

Teen Suicide Prevention Taskforce
P.O. Box 76463, Washington, D.C. 20013. Tel: (301) 627-5894

Youth Suicide National Center
18251 Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. Tel: (202) 429-2016



Bethany Services Hotline: National, 1-800-BETHANY (238-4269)

California Teen Crisis Line: in California, (800) 843-5200.

Compassionate Friends: in California, (310) 474-3407

Covenant House Hotline: National, 1-800-999-9999

First Call for Help Hotline: National, 1-800-356-8998

Institute for Suicide Prevention: in California, (213) 386-2622

Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center Crisis Line: in California, (310) 391-1253 Teen line: (310) 855-HOPE

National Teen Runaway Swithchboard: National, (federally funded) 1-800-621-4000

Samaritan Hotline: in Massachusetts, 617-247-0020 (office: 617-536-2460)

Samariteens Hotline: in Massachusetts, 617-247-8050



James, Steven. (Jan/Feb 2003) "I decided to kill myself," Campus Life, Available online.

Lofgren, E. (1992, March). "What to do if someone you knows becomes suicidal. "The Minnesota Depressive and Manic Depressive Association Newsletter. Available online.





Anderson, S.J. (1988). When someone wants to die. InterVarsity.


Cantor, P. (1987). Young people in crisis: How you can help. The National Committee on Youth Suicide Prevention and American Association of Suicidology.


Clemons, J.T. (1989). What does the Bible say about suicide? Augsburg Press.


Grimmett, C.D. (1995). Never cry alone: Someone knows how you feel, you are not alone. This book is aimed at a young adult audience (grades 7-12). Poems and short stories with appropriate illustrations (by Geraldine Shaw) provide opportunities for discussion between friends, parents and children, teachers, mentors and students. It encourages the exploration of feelings (hurt, embarrassment, anger, bitterness) and deals with real illustrations of rejection, gossip, and injustice. The book points to the healing power of genuine friendships and united families.


Guetzloe, E. (1989). Youth suicide: What the educator should know. Council of Exceptional Children.


Hicks, B.B. (1990). Youth suicide: A comprehensive manual for prevention and intervention. National Education Service.


Klagsburn, F. (1981). Too young to die: Youth and suicide. New York: Simon and Schuster.


Lester, D. (1992). Why people kill themselves: A 1990s summary of research findings on suicidal behavior. C.C. Thomas.


Mishara, B.L. (ed.). (1995). The impact of suicide. Springer Publications.


Peck, M., Litman, R.E., & Farberow, N.L. (1985). Youth suicide. Springer Publications.


Poland, S. (1989). Suicide intervention in the schools. New York City: Guilford Publications. Guidelines for setting up and maintaining a comprehensive crisis intervention program in high schools, with case examples.


Pritchard, C. (1995). Suicide: The ultimate rejection: A psycho-social study. Raylor & Francis.

Suicide prevention. University of Illinois: McKinley Health Center.


White-Bowden, S. (1996). Everything to live for: A mother’s story of her teenage son’s suicide. White-Bowden Associates.


Wrobleski, A. (1994). Suicide: Why? Eighty-five questions and answers about suicide. Afterwords Publishing.


Youth suicide prevention programs: A resource guide. (1993). Diane Publishers.


Thrash, C.H. (1995). The onliest one alive: Surviving Jonestown, Guyana. M.K. Towne Publisher.



Brown, J. (1995). The choice: Seasons of loss and renewal after a father’s decision to die. Conari Press.


Fairbairn, G. (1995). Contemplating suicide: The language of ethics & self-harm. Routledge.


Johnston, B.P. (1994). Death as a salesman: What’s wrong with assisted suicide. New Regency.


Moreno, J.D. (ed.). (1995). Arguing euthanasia: The controversy over mercy killing, assisted suicide & "right to die." S&S Trade Touchstone Books.


Tada, J.E. (1992). When is it right to die? Suicide, euthanasia, suffering, mercy. Zondervan.

Dean Borgman and Scott Clark cCYS