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Suicide Prevention Models that Foster Community Connectedness and Address Isolation

Fostering a sense of community connectedness can be a valuable tool in preventing suicide and in helping members of rural communities cope after a suicide. Programs in this model can take on a variety of forms, including support groups and community-wide events. They might be intergenerational or targeted toward specific sub-groups, such as LGBTQ+ youth, students, veterans, or suicide survivors (someone who has lost a loved one to suicide).

Building upon the strength of rural communities, these programs can create networks of support for people who may have suicidal ideation or have lost someone who died by suicide. They may also be help in addressing social isolation, a public health issue and risk factor for suicide.

Public awareness campaigns, as described earlier in this module, can also help bring concerned community members together for a cause, such as suicide prevention and response efforts.

Program Clearinghouse Examples

Resources to Learn More

Promote Social Connectedness and Support
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Offers programs and practices to improve community connectedness as part of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.
Organization(s): Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

Suicide Prevention
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Describes CDC's plan to prevent suicidal behavior, which includes promoting and strengthening community connectedness through peer norm groups and community engagement activities.
Organization(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)