Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Clinicians

Frequently Asked Questions

What is AAS?
Why join AAS?
Where can I find information about your programs?
Where can I find statistics?
Where can I find a support group?
I recently lost someone to suicide, do you have any resources?
I’m worried that someone I know may be having thoughts of suicide, how can I help?
I would like to interview an expert on suicide. Can you help?
I have a copyright question...
When is National Suicide Prevention Week?
How can I change my contact info?
How can I check the status of an order I placed?

What's AAS?

AAS is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.

Why join AAS?

AAS membership offers:

  • Our bi-monthly journal, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, featuring current research, case studies, and applied prevention articles.
  • Our quarterly membership newsletter, Newslink, featuring current national and international events and news and intra-association information.
  • Our quarterly newsletter, Surviving Suicide, written for and by survivors.
  • Annual statistical updates.
  • Suicide Prevention Week Resources and media kit.
  • Directory of Suicide Prevention and Crisis Centers.

Membership Discounts:

  • Annual conferences and training workshops.
  • Publications and resources.
  • Individual and organizational certification programs.
  • Directory of Survivor Support Groups.

Membership Access:

  • A members-only web community.
  • Our listservs.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Collaboration on projects of mutual interest.
  • Participation on committees, task-forces, and grant-funded projects.

Where can I find information about your programs?

  • RRSR
  • School Suicide Prevention Specialist Accreditation Program
  • Crisis Centers Accreditation Program
  • Crisis Workers Accreditation Program
  • Annual Conference Programs

Where can I find statistics?

National Suicide Rates
Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates their comprehensive database. WISQARS, as it's called (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System), provides customized reports of injury-related data, including suicide data, from the national Center of Health Statistics (NCHS) and the violent death data from NCIPC's National Violent Death Reporting System.

International Suicide Rates
While international statistics are typically unreliable due to a large variety in record-keeping across national borders, the World Health Organization keeps current stats.

Special Populations
Numerous studies have been conducted on special populations and suicide. Feel free to drop us a line with a specific question.

Where can I find a support group?

AAS maintains an online support group directory for those who have lost a loved-one to suicide.

I recently lost someone to suicide, do you have any resources?

Aside from the support group directory, AAS has a suicide survivor’s kit, which we will ship for free to anyone in the U.S. See our survivors’ resources page.

I’m worried that someone I know may be having thoughts of suicide; how can I help?

If someone you know is:

  • Threatening to hurt or kill him/herself, or talking of wanting to hurt or kill him/herself.
  • Looking for ways to kill him/herself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means.
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person.

Get help immediately by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a referral.

Some helpful hints:

Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don’t lecture on the value of life.
Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
Don’t dare him or her to do it.
Don’t act shocked. This will put distance between you.
Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.
Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.
Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

For more tips and warning signs, see our Understanding and Helping the Suicidal Person fact sheet.

I would like to interview an expert / I have a copyright question.

Please see our Press Room.

When is National Suicide Prevention Week?

National Suicide Prevention Week is always the Sunday through Saturday that includes World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th.

How can I change my contact info?

We’d be happy to help. Simply email your change of contact info request to Holley Jackson. Please be sure to include your old information along with the updates.

How can I check the status of an order I placed?

The simplest way to do that is to contact our office manager directly.


Still have questions? No problem. Shoot an email over to info@suicidology.org.

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