Preventing trauma and suicide during catastrophic events and beyond
Catastrophic events like the COVID-19 pandemic, hurricanes, or other disasters can cause major upheaval in the lives of individuals and communities as a whole, disrupting the social fabric and cutting people off from much needed support. Preventing trauma and suicide under these conditions, and in the long term, requires dedicated attention and resources.
Where do I start? The CDC’s Suicide Prevention Technical Package and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Prevention Technical Package share strategies with the greatest potential to prevent suicide and trauma based on the best available research. This toolkit offers a foundation for activities during periods of infrastructure disruption due to catastrophic events such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The toolkit’s suicide prevention modules offer communities and states guidance and tools to assess their local contexts, populations most impacted by suicide, and promising strategies. The concepts in the modules build on one another, and additional modules will be added in the coming months.
What resources are available?