Know the Warning Signs

Most health experts agree that the key to determining whether an individual is in distress, depressed, in crisis or at-risk for suicide (and, if so, to what degree) is by identifying his or her warning signs, risk and protective factors associated with suicide.

To learn more about the warning signs, risk and protective factors associated with suicide, click here.

Myths About Suicide

There are many myths and misconceptions that people have tied to mental illness and suicidal behavior (no matter their education or experience) that can lead to stigma and negatively impact a depressed individual’s willingness to seek help.

For more information on the myths and misconceptions associated with suicide, click here.

Statistics and Trends

Though statistics about suicide only give us a partial understanding of the complexity of this significant public health problem, they do provide us with an important perspective on the breadth and depth of this issue and who it impacts most strongly.

For a sampling of suicide statistics and trends, click here.

Samaritans Materials 

With over 60 years of experience operating suicide prevention hotlines, support groups for survivors of suicide and professional development training programs, Samaritans has developed effective communications and crisis response materials, assessment and prevention planning tools and other key information of use to those who care for, respond to and treat people in distress.

To learn more about how Samaritans can help you, click here.

Key Tools and Resources

Based on the over the 30 years Samaritans has been providing crisis response, suicide awareness and prevention planning education and training programs in NYC to over 35,000 health providers, we have compiled the tools, research and resources that those who care for, respond and treat at-risk individuals have most frequently requested and/or found most useful.

For key tools and resources in the NYC area, click here.

NYC Guide to Suicide Prevention, Services and Resources

Samaritans free, online-version of our NYC Suicide Prevention Resource Guide (developed with funding from New York State Office of Mental Health) puts key information and research on responding to a person in distress, assessment tools, safety and postvention planning, links to community resources, free trainings, depression screening, suicide support groups, and many other resources at your finger tips.

To learn more about the NYC Guide to Suicide Prevention, Services and Resources, click here.

Download Free Fliers

Download free fliers for Samaritans confidential 24-hour crisis response hotline and Safe Place survivors of suicide loss support group that will encourage those people who will benefit from these programs and services to use them.

To download free fliers, click here.

Order Free Materials

Samaritans welcomes the opportunity to provide your agency, health facility, non-profit, religious or spiritual group and others who serve or come in contact with people who would benefit from our crisis response services with free promotional magnets, hotline cards and brochures.

For information on how to order free materials from Samaritans, click here.