CDC Suicide Prevention Technical Package for Application During Catastrophic Events Update

Young people participating in a suicide prevention project

In 2017, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) subject matter experts developed the Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Program, and Practices. Since then, more research has emerged, and new needs have surfaced with COVID-19. Through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Prevention Institute has partnered with RTI International and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) to update the technical package content and develop modules that provide a foundation for activities (especially virtual tools) during periods of infrastructure disruption. We will focus on strategies that 1) have been adapted for a shelter-in-place/infrastructure disruption context, and 2) are responsive to populations most at risk and most impacted by the stress, anxiety, social isolation, loss and grief brought about and exacerbated by the pandemic.

This project is supported by Cooperative Agreement No. 6 NU38OT000305-02-03 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the CDC.



Mental Health America of Greater Houston:

Sharifa J. Charles

Jamie Freeny


Center for Law and Social Policy:

Nia West-Bey

Isha Weerasinghe


Safe States Alliance:

Shelli Stephens-Stidham

Community Health Improvement Partners, San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council:

Dana Richardson


Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services:

Jei Africa


National Compadres Network:

Jerry Tello


University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition:

Quinn R. Lewandowski


Utah Department of Human Services:

Allison Foust


Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health:

Carol Ruddell


National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire:

Elaine De Mello


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

Richard McKeon


National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Education Development Center:

Colleen Carr


Education Development Center, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Zero Suicide Institute:

Elly Stout

Adam Chu


Louisiana Public Health Institute:

Shelina Davis


Well Being Trust:

Benjamin Miller


Alpert Medical School of Brown University:

Anthony Spirito


Center for Health Policy & Health Services Research, Behavioral Health Services, Henry Ford Health System:

Brian Ahmedani


Suicide Prevention Laboratory, The Catholic University of America:

David Jobes


Dartmouth College:

Elaine Frank


Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care, UT Southwestern Medical Center:

Jennifer Hughes


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

Jill Harkavy-Friedman


UCLA Youth Stress & Mood Program and SAMHSA Center for Trauma-Informed Adolescent Suicide, Self-Harm & Substance Abuse Treatment & Prevention:

Joan Asarnow


Division of Behavioral Health Policy, Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and Aging Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

Joel Dubenitz


Appalachian State University and Journal of Rural Mental Health:

Kurt Michael


National Institute of Mental Health, NIH:

Lisa Horowitz


Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of Berkeley:

Anna Godøy