The following is a list of planning templates, processes and frameworks drawn from existing suicide prevention initiatives to help you with your community’s planning process.
- A Community-Based Suicide Prevention Planning Manual for Designing a Program Just Right for Your Community, developed by the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University, contains an annotated bibliography of several programs and resources that can be used to guide suicide prevention, intervention and postvention efforts. The manual was created with the engagement of communities in Idaho and includes a comprehensive planning process and corresponding worksheets.
- A Framework for Suicide Prevention Planning in Manitoba was created by a provincial committee to inform the development of plans to address suicide in Manitoba, which informed Manitoba’s youth suicide prevention strategy.
The framework consists of five components:
- assessment and planning
- mental health promotion
- awareness and understanding
- prevention, intervention and postvention
- data surveillance, research and evaluation
Within each component, there are specific goals, objectives and examples of practical activities and resources from various jurisdictions that have been identified in the prevention literature or shared by communities.
- Becoming Suicide Safer: A Guide for Service Organizations, developed by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, is a pamphlet for organizations looking to embed youth suicide prevention in their organizational priorities. It features a list of questions that organizations can use to think about how active they are in promoting suicide prevention and positive mental health. It can be used to identify gaps in current policies or generate ideas on organizational priorities that could promote positive mental health and support youth suicide prevention.
- Community Capacity Building and Mobilization in Youth Mental Health Promotion: The Story of the Community of West Carleton covers the community mobilization journey of West Carleton, Ontario, stemming from an acute crisis after losing four youth to suicide over a period of several months.
- The Community Readiness Model developed by the Tri-Ethnic Center of Prevention Research at Colorado State University to address alcohol and drug abuse prevention efforts, assesses the level of readiness of a community to develop and implement prevention and/or intervention efforts.
- Community Tool Box offers tools and resources that can be used to do your own community assessment. It also explores what should be included in an action plan, the criteria for a good action plan, when and why an action plan should be developed and how to write an action plan.
- Guidance for developing a local suicide prevention action plan developed by Public Health England, advises local authorities on how to develop a suicide prevention plan, monitor data, engage with media, work with transport to map hot spots, and work on local priorities to improve mental health.
- MAPPED! A youth community mapping toolkit for Vancouver was developed for adults looking to engage youth in community mapping and planning.
- Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Toolkit includes information about youth suicide prevention strategies and includes worksheets for conducting a community assessment and making an action plan.
- The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (the Centre) wrote an Evidence In-Sight paper on conducting community needs assessments.
- Organizing a Community Response to Suicide – Success Factors and Lessons Learned is an example of a planning process tool used by a network of concerned agencies, organizations and individuals that came together in response to a youth suicide crisis in Palo Alto, California. This guide outlines Project Safety Net’s planning process as well as their strengths and challenges, and offers a number of recommendations for communities facing similar challenges.
- Priority Setting – Four Methods for Getting to What’s Important! describes four simple techniques to help with strategic decision-making. You may find these helpful to use in your community when planning and prioritizing activities.
- Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Initiative for BC – Framework and Planning Template is an evidence-informed framework and planning template that provides guidance on how current suicide prevention, intervention and postvention supports, services and programs can be developed, improved, implemented or evaluated in priority areas.