Preventing Suicide: A resource for police, firefighters and other first line responders


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World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Mental Health
WHO Press

This resource provides guidance for first responders in managing crisis situations and preventing or responding to suicide. Topics include mental illness, risk and protective factors, lethal means restriction, referral procedures and managing stress. 

The booklet places suicide in the broader context of community mental health and identifies a number of principles and key activities that can be used as part of a broader community-based suicide prevention strategy. It is part of a series addressed to specific social and professional groups that are particularly relevant to the prevention of suicide and released under the auspices of SUPRE, an IASP/WHO worldwide initiative for the prevention of suicide.