Professional Organizations


  • American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders. Established in 1953 as a membership based organization, composed of over 7,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. Members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders and pride themselves on giving direction to and responding quickly to new developments in addressing the health care needs of children and their families.

 

  • American Association of Suicidology: 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.

 

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: At the forefront of a wide range of suicide prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide; investing in groundbreaking research, new educational campaigns, innovative demonstration programs and critical policy work; expanding assistance to people whose lives have been affected by suicide, reaching out to offer support and offering opportunities to become involved in prevention.  Be sure to check out their programs for professionals.

 

  • American Psychiatric Association: Medical specialty society recognized world-wide; over 38,000 U.S. and international member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. Vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

 

  • American Psychological Association: Largest association of pscyhologists worldwide with 148,000 members; scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States; mission to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Promotes health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability. Section on suicide and suicide prevention.

 

  • Means Matter: Resources from the Harvard School of Public Health on lethal means.

 

  • Healthy Minds Network: This network serves as a resource for secondary and higher education administrators, researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and the public. Based at the University of Michigan, HMN is led by a multi-disciplinary team of scholars from public health, education, medicine, psychology, and information sciences, many of whom are affiliated with the University’s Comprehensive Depression Center.

 

  • Mental Health America: Country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives; more than 320 affiliates nationwide.

 

  • Search Institute: Provides leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. Drawing on extensive research, brings hopeful solutions to pressing challenges in the lives of young people and their communities. The Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets® are common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.

 

  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC): Provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

 

  • Well Aware: Works to bring the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, first released in 2001 from the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, to reality. Centered on strategic communications, and applying this to advance awareness, knowledge and practice so as to reduce suicide in America.