Suicide Prevention Resource Center On-Line Course: Locating and Understanding Data for Suicide Prevention

Effectively preventing suicide requires an understanding of who is attempting and dying by suicide, where the problem is most severe, and under what circumstances attempts and suicide deaths occur. The two-hour long online course “Locating and Understanding Data for Suicide Prevention” is available to anyone and presents a variety of data sources that are useful for finding information about suicide deaths, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation.

After completing this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Define and understand the difference between suicide deaths, suicide attempts, suicide ideation, and risk and protective factors for suicide
  • Explain key terms essential to accurately interpreting data and making meaningful comparisons
  • Identify commonly used and readily accessible online national data sources, and the type of data that is available from each source
  • Identify alternative data sources that may be available in states and communities, the type of data available from these sources, and considerations when approaching organizations and agencies for these data
  • Think critically about the strengths and limitations of a given data source

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