Suicide Prevention

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988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

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If you are thinking about suicide, are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, or are worried about a friend or loved one, reach out to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline for free and confidential support by calling or texting 988, or chatting at

Learn more about 988 in Missouri.

Missouri Suicide Prevention Network

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The Missouri Suicide Prevention Network (MSPN) is an independent, non-partisan, voluntary group of individuals, organizations, and public and private agencies who lead statewide suicide prevention efforts. MSPN was created in 2018 to reduce suicide through increasing coordination of efforts and implementing best practices for suicide prevention statewide. It is dedicated to promoting local, regional, and statewide suicide prevention initiatives that follow a public health framework and focus on evidence-based data, collaboration, and active community engagement.

MSPN Registered Coalitions

Learn more about MSPN.

Information about Suicide Prevention in Missouri

Suicide in Missouri: Where We Stand

Missouri Suicide Prevention Facts & Resources

Missouri Suicide Prevention Plan

Missouri Ask Listen Refer One Pager

Service Members, Veterans, & Their Families Page

Help Him Stay Campaign Campaign Period: 2016 – 2019

Missouri Department of Mental Health Decrease launched a statewide campaign from 2016 – 2019 titled "Help Him Stay." The purpose of this campaign was to encourage help seeking among all males but specifically targeting middle-aged males in rural areas who are at highest risk of suicide in Missouri.

Free Suicide Prevention Training Programs
  • The Suicide Prevention Resource Center offers in-person and online suicide prevention training courses, webinars, and other virtual learning experiences.
  • The Education Development Center offers an online Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) course intended to educate individuals on why means reduction is an important part of suicide prevention and how to help someone at risk of suicide reduce access to lethal means.
  • Missouri Ask Listen Refer (ALR) is a 15-20 minute online suicide prevention training that teaches you how to identify someone at risk of suicide, recognize risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs, and respond to and get help for someone at risk.
  • Preventing Suicide in Emergency Departments is a self-paced online course for health care professionals and others who may work with patients at risk of suicide.
  • The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) Tool Training is an online training offered by the Columbia Lighthouse Project on how to use the C-SSRS tool.  

Those with questions about any of the above training should contact the sponsoring organization directly.

Additional Suicide Prevention & Awareness Information

Get Involved in Suicide Prevention Efforts

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Suicide Prevention

The American Association of Suicidology

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention