Module 4: Developing strategies: How can we prevent suicide during catastrophic events and beyond?


Developing suicide prevention strategies in your locale involves more than choosing practices from best available research. Communities must consider local needs and assets, feasibility, fit, and more to assess what could work in their context and evaluate their efforts as they go. This is also true during a catastrophic event, meaning a disaster, like the COVID-19 pandemic or a hurricane, that can have monumental impacts across a population and the infrastructure of communities. This module explores how to bring together best available research evidence from CDC’s Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practice and learnings from your local context and experience to develop strategies during catastrophic events and beyond.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how the technical package and other tools and frameworks can support suicide prevention efforts.

  • Rapidly assess local fit and feasibility of best available evidence from CDC’s technical package during catastrophic events and beyond.

Download the full activity packet for Module 4


Understanding the technical package

What is a technical package, and why and how should we use it in conjunction with other tools?

Applying the technical package to your community context

How do we rapidly develop local suicide prevention efforts to meet community needs during a catastrophic event?


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If you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (Español: 1-888-628-9454; deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, or visit Talk to Someone Now. You can access resources designed by and for people of color here.

This module was created by Prevention Institute (PI) and Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) to support communities in operationalizing suicide prevention activities. PI and CLASP thank all those who reviewed and provided feedback to improve the modules.