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Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide Prevention Resources for Corrections


The products here are designed to reduce the risk of suicide in correctional facilities but are not for unattended use by suicidal inmates. Ferguson has not tested them and cannot vouch for their effectiveness.

Risk Cards (PDF) Download and print this suicide risk card, edit & print it to provide your officers with this reminder
to keep a watch out.

National Institute of Justice Provides all kinds of useful services and tools for corrections, which in the arena of suicide prevention includes technical assistance, training, publication of articles, downloadable videos, and hosting of internet discussion groups.  It also funds the Jail Suicide/Mental Health Update.


Desert Waters - Correctional Oasis Newsletter A non-profit dedicated to increase the occupational, personal, and family well-being of corrections and detention staff.  Their publication  "Correctional Oasis" has included several articles about suicide prevention (archives at their web site) and subscriptions are free.


Gold Medal Safety Padding by Marathon Engineering Provider of safe, durable, and easily maintained padded environments.


Padded Surfaces by B&E Detention surface padding system for floors, walls, doors and frames, covered with Kevlar by Dupont.


Imperial Fastener Company Manufactures a break-away shower curtain system with no loose tape, webbing, hooks or pins.


Securitas Products - No Shank Manufactures the “No-Shank” toothbrush that fits over the finger instead of using a long handle. They make a variety of other hazard-reducing products as well.

Suicide Prevention Resources for the General Public

Help is available

Here are some resources for suicide prevention.

There are others on the web, so if you don't find what you need here then keep looking; don't give up


988 suicide and crisis lifeline available 24/7.

Befrienders International Locate one of the 350 centers worldwide providing a sympathetic ear and suicide intervention based on listening therapy.


Covenant House Young people can contact the telephone advice line and locate help centers across the country, and parents can also get assistance. 

National Suicide Prevention Directory Choose a state for a listing of contact details for agencies providing long-term suicide prevention programs, educating the public.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Extensive listing of helpful resources including links for statistics and info on suicide in the elderly and youth. Offers support listings.


Suicide Help Practical advice for dealing with suicidal feelings. Hosted by Suicide Awareness Voices of Education.

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