One clear finding that emerges from the literature is that a focus on skill building may be important at all stages of prevention.
Reducing known risk factors, such as substance abuse and mental health problems, is often included as one aspect of integrated approaches.
Identify those at high risk.
Facilitate access to quality care.
Access to quality behavioral health care is an integral component of many suicide-prevention programs.
Provide quality care.
The types of interventions with the strongest empirical support for effectively preventing suicide involve quality mental health treatment and specific interventions focused on preventing the likelihood of an individual completing suicide.
The need to ensure quality of behavioral health services is a critical and often overlooked component of suicide prevention.