Partnerships and Collaboration

A successful suicide prevention strategy needs help and input from different people in your system or community. Involving others in planning and carrying out your collaborative efforts is key to ensuring the work you do together results in real change for your target group.

Potential partners can include:

  • Individuals and organizations representing your target population
  • Health care and behavioral health providers
  • Key leaders and influencers in your community or system
  • Relevant settings (e.g., schools, nursing homes, community-based organizations)
  • Others with an interest in suicide prevention (especially those with lived experience)

It takes teamwork, open dialogue, and compromise to build partnerships. Clearly establishing partner roles and responsibilities in the effort can create positive relationships and avoid duplication.