SAMHSA Creates Suicide Prevention App

An April 1 blog post by the agency's administrator, Pamela Hyde, featured it. The free app based on SAMHSA's Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) card.

SAMHSA has released a new, free app named Suicide Safe, hoping it will help to prevent suicides. The app is based on SAMHSA's Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) card, Administrator Pamela Hyde explained in an April 1 blog post.

During 2013, more than 41,000 Americans committed suicide, she wrote, adding, "That means more Americans died by suicide than from homicide, HIV/AIDS, or traffic accidents. Consider too, that almost half (45 percent) of individuals who die by suicide visited a primary care provider in the month prior to their death, and 20 percent had contact with mental health services. One out of every 10 people received services in an emergency department in the two months prior to his or her death."

"For too long, opportunities to assess risk or to refer a patient to treatment have been missed simply because suicidal thoughts or behavioral change was not discussed or observed. We need to address suicide right now—we need providers and patients to start having important conversations today, and now, SAMHSA’s Suicide Safe app can help," she wrote.

The SAFE-T card can Suicide Safe is a potentially help providers assist patients with suicidal ideation or behaviors. It offers tips for communicating effectively with those patients and their families, determining appropriate next steps, and making referrals to treatment and community resources.

"A death by suicide occurs almost every 13 minutes in the United States," Hyde wrote. "Its ripple effect is profound and its reach is wide. With so many Americans affected and impacted by behavioral health issues, especially those touched by suicide, our goals must be shared; our burdens shouldered together; and our accomplishments collectively celebrated. Suicide Safe, SAMHSA's new suicide prevention app for mobile devices and optimized for tablets, helps providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients."

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Steps to Conduct a JSA

    We've put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you perform a job safety analysis (JSA), which includes a pre-built, JSA checklist and template, steps of a JSA, list of potential job hazards, and an overview of hazard control hierarchy.

  • Everything You Need to Know about Incident investigations

    Need some tips for conducting an incident investigation at work after there’s been an occupational injury or illness, or maybe even a near miss? This guide presents a comprehensive overview of methods of performing incident investigations to lead you through your next steps.

  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Industry Safe

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - November December 2020

    November December 2020


      Managing Cold Stress
      Providing Training for Fall Protection
      Eight Tips for Hearing Testing Day
      Incorporating COVID-19 Protections into Safety Programs
    View This Issue