Suicide Prevention Resources
As an organization committed to the mental health and well-being of children, adolescents, and young adults, the Columbia University Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry believes that suicide is preventable. Doing so takes communication and a commitment to helping and being helped. Asking for help when you need it is a sign of strength and self-awareness.
Organizations and Information About Suicide Prevention
- American Association of Suicidology
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- NAMI: Suicide Prevention
- National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Information for Teens, Students, and Young Adults
- Active Minds
- Campus Mind Works: While this site is meant for University of Michigan students, it has some good general resources for students everywhere.
- The Jed Foundation (JED)
- Suicide Prevention Resources for Teens
- The Trevor Project
Information for Families, Educators, and Professionals
- Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents & Educators (from the National Association of School Psychologists)
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center: Resources and Programs
- Zero Suicide
- The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS): A suicide-risk assessment tool that is a series of guided questions that can help users identify whether someone is at risk for suicide, assess the severity and immediacy of that risk, and gauge the level of support that the person needs.
Resources for Schools
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center: Schools
- Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools (from SAMSHA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
- After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools (from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
- In New York, the New York State Office of Mental Health has a Suicide Prevention Center that provides schools and other organizations with resources and training opportunities.
- Virtual Hope Box by National Center for Telehealth and Technology: Available at the Apple App Store or Google Play.
- MY3 Suicide Prevention App: Available at http://www.my3app.org/, Apple App Store, or Google Play.
Resources at the Columbia University Medical Center
Our mental health providers and clinics are committed to helping individuals and families address psychiatric emergencies and treat the underlying symptoms or causes of self-harming or suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
- Our pediatric emergency department is located at the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at 3959 Broadway, entrance at 166th Street.
- The adult emergency department at NewYork-Presbyterian | Columbia University Medical Center is located at 622 West 168th Street. There is also an entrance at Broadway and 167th Street.
Additionally, NewYork-Presbyterian has emergency departments throughout Manhattan and Westchester. Note that the emergency department in Westchester is only for psychiatric emergencies. There is no physical "emergency room." However, their "Access—Intake Line"—(888) 694-5700—is staffed 24/7 to help with psychiatric emergencies.
- For those not in immediate crisis, find a mental health provider or clinic that’s right for you by calling the ColumbiaDoctors referral service at (212) 305-6001, reviewing our Clinics, Doctors & Programs, or visiting ColumbiaDoctors | Children’s Health.
Find a Therapist*
If you are not located near the Columbia University Medical Center, or a ColumbiaDoctors provider, here are some tools from other organizations to help you find a therapist. We also recommend the article "Mental health providers: Tips on finding one" from the Mayo Clinic.
- Mental Health Provider Locator (from SAMSHA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
- Find a Psychiatrist Tool (from the American Psychiatric Association)
- Psychologist Locator (from the American Psychological Association Practice Organization)
- Find a Social Worker (from the National Association of Social Workers)
*The Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University is providing "Find a Therapist" resources as a convenience. All resources are from professional organizations that we respect and endorse. However, the provision of these resources is not intended as a tool for verifying the credentials, qualifications, or abilities of any therapist listed.