The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers, including Contact Community Services. Information and materials concerning suicide are also available at their website.

The American Association of Suicidology is an education and resource organization. Fact sheets, resources, research about suicide available at website, as well as support materials for suicide attempt survivors, suicide loss survivors and people thinking about suicide.

SPRC is a community resource that provides technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. Includes information on suicide and bullying.

National organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among, lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

SAVE’s prevention and education programs provide information about depression, suicide assessment and treatment, intervention, and accessing community resources.

Social and Emotional Literacy

CASEL has a searchable reference database that includes articles, reports, book chapters, and books on a wide variety of topics.

New York State Education Department’s Student Support Services offers information, resources and guidelines about social and emotional learning.

Founded by researchers at Yale University, Emotionally Literate Schools is dedicated to enriching the lives of educators, students, and families with evidence-based social and emotional learning programs. Website includes a video with students talking about their experiences.

The Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice supports and promotes practices, programming and policy to foster the development and the adjustment of children with or at risk of developing serious emotional disturbance.

The National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention offers fact sheets, prevention briefs and monographs on a range of evidence-based programs.

The Whole Child is an initiative of the ASCD, formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

The Center for Social and Emotional Education helps schools integrate social and emotional learning with academic instruction.

Background on Contact Programs

Children’s Institute strengthens children’s social and emotional health through programs and services grounded in research. Programs include Primary Project.

The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.

This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.

Mental Health

News, information, advocacy concerning mental health issues.

Learn more about Mental Health First Aid from the National Council, the organization that brought it to the United States—and to our community.

Nation’s largest grassroot mental health organization provides information about mental illnesses, treatment and research. Find local affiliates at website.

Federal agency’s site provides community resources, mental health information, educational resources, news about research and funding.

Federal agency website includes support information regarding substance abuse and mental health prevention and intervention services.

The Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) oversees one of the nation’s largest addiction services systems with approximately 1,600 prevention, treatment and recovery programs. Our mission is to improve the lives of New Yorkers by leading a comprehensive premier system of addiction services for prevention, treatment, and recovery.

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