Module 3: Bringing equity to suicide prevention: How can we support communities at elevated risk of suicide?


Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their full health potential and that no one is disadvantaged, excluded, or dismissed from achieving this potential. Health equity emphasizes shifts in power and systems and requires the removal of systemic obstacles to health for groups that are more likely to experience health inequities, such as communities of color.  This module explores how communities can apply national trend data, local surveillance data,  and data-informed, community-driven strategies to support equitable suicide prevention planning.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand recent national trends and identify communities at elevated risk for suicide.

  • Use interactive tools to identify groups at elevated risk for suicide in your local community.

  • Explore promising interventions addressing the unique needs of high-risk communities to support equitable planning.

Populations at elevated risk

Who are the populations at elevated risk for suicide according to national-level data?

Identifying populations at elevated risk in your community

How can we identify populations that are at elevated risk in our community specifically?

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If you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (Español: 1-888-628-9454; deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, or visit Talk to Someone Now. You can access resources designed by and for people of color here.

This module was created by Prevention Institute (PI) and Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) to support communities in operationalizing suicide prevention activities. PI and CLASP thank all those who reviewed and provided feedback to improve the modules.