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National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which helps to promote resources and awareness around issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that effect people when they are most vulnerable. Find out more about the resources we have on providing social services or evidence based interventions for those with depression and/or suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

Researching Suicide Prevention Services

If you're researching social services for prevention, you might want to try using subject searches such as "suicide prevention" combined with "intervention" or "crisis intervention" or "suicide" combined with "social services" in PsychInfo. When searching in Social Services Abstracts, some effective searches are "crises" combined with "suicide" and "intervention" as well as "depression (psychology)" and "suicide."

Personal Crisis Resources

If you feel you're in a crisis, whether or not you're having suicidal thoughts, the UAlbany campus and community has a variety of resources available. You can call the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Hotline (518-442-5777), the Capital District Psychiatric Center Crisis Unit (518-549-6500), or you can make an appointment with Counseling and Psychological Services by calling 518-442-5800 or emailing In addition, whether your or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, you can consult the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline online or by calling 1-800-273-8255.

Databases and Web Resources

Books and eBooks Available at Dewey

  • Bertini, K. (2016). Suicide prevention. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
    Online / RC569 .B47 2016
  • Conyne, R.K. Counseling for wellness and prevention: Helping people to become empowered in settings and systems. New York: Routledge.
    Online / RA790 .C68176 2015
  • Erbacher, T.A., Singer, J.B., & Poland, S. Suicide in schools: A practitioner's guide to multi-level prevention, assessment, intervention, and postvention. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis.
    Online / HV6545.8 .E737 2015
  • Jobes, D.A. (2016). Managing suicidal risk: A collaborative approach. New York: The Guilford Press.
    Online / RC569 .J63 2016
  • Juhnke, G.A., Granello, D.H., & Granello, P.F. (2011). Suicide, self-injury, and violence in the schools: Assessment, prevention, and intervention strategies. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.
    Dewey Library / HV 6545.8 J55 2011
  • Klott, J., & Jongsma, A.E. Jr. (2015). The suicide and homicide risk assessment & prevention treatment planner, with DSM-5 updates. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
    Online / RC569 .K58 2015
  • Mishara, B.L., & Kerkhof, A. (Eds.). (2013). Suicide prevention and new technologies: Evidence based practice. Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
    Dewey Library / HV 6545 S8357 2013
  • Saxena, S., Krug, E.G., & Chestnov, O. (Eds.). (2014). Preventing suicide: A global imperative. Geneva: World Health Organization.
    Dewey Library / Oversized *: HV6545 .P718 2014

Need Additional Assistance?

Help is available! Contact Elaine Lasda Bergman, at (518) 442-3695 or Appointments available - or drop in during weekly Social Welfare office hours from 4-7pm on Tuesdays.

Blog Created By: Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno
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