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SAMHSA develops tool kit to help prevent suicides in senior living communities

May 24, 2011
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A new tool kit is now available to help those working with older Americans living at senior living communities promote good emotional health and prevent suicides. Developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) the tool kit includes guidelines for integrating suicide prevention into the existing programs and policies of senior living communities.
The tool kit features such materials that can useful not only for senior living community staff, but for residents and their families as well. Tool kit materials include:

  • A comprehensive guide on getting started, suggested goals and action steps as well as useful tools
  • An annotated resource list
  • Three training manuals for workshops including PowerPoint slides and scripts—two for staff and one for residents and family members
  • Fact sheets for residents and family members

Entitled, Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Living Communities this resource is available at

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