(1) Suicide affects all ages from young children to senior citizens. It is most common among middle aged men. 

(2) Suicide remains a rare event, but it is increasing. In CT, almost 14% of high schoolers consider suicide each year and 8% make an attempt. In some communities, the rate is even higher in middle schools.

(3) Suicide is usually related to depression or another mental illness, but up to half of people who could use counseling do not seek help. 

(4) Suicide represents an individual's sense of hopelessness in the face of their problems. By reaching out and offering hope, we all have the opportunity to save a life. Take a QPR or other suicide prevention training! (Find training here)

Check out our 2019 regional profiles on mental health and suicide in Southwest CT.

Scroll down for resources and for information on our Southwest Regional Suicide Advisory Board.

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Regional Suicide Advisory Board

Our Southwest CT Regional Suicide Advisory Board (SW RSAB) was launched in September 2019 and meets quarterly. Its purpose is "To serve as a regional resource for Southwestern CT for strategically planning, coordinating and supporting suicide awareness and safety efforts across the continuum of prevention, intervention, postvention and grief support, and recovery.”

The group is open to anyone interested in making an impact on suicide in the region. Members include individuals who have attempted suicide or experienced suicide loss, therapists, support group leaders, municipal social services and health staff, school personnel, first responders, and others. To join, please email

Meeting Minutes:

  • May 2020 meeting with guest speaker Dr. Carol Tosone on Shared Trauma here - watch video of her presentation - get slideshow here

  • March 2020 postvention training canceled due to COVID 19

  • December 2019 here

  • Kickoff Meeting September 2019 here



Regional info:

Awareness Videos:​

Downloadable Prevention Resources: 

Suicide awareness and gatekeeper trainings: 

  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training is a 1.5-2 hour training aimed at the general public. It provides information about signs & symptoms, a 3-step first aid plan, and information about where and how to refer people for help

  • safeTALK is a 3 hour training appropriate for the general public

  • Talk Saves Lives is a 30 to 60 minute slideshow for the general public

  • ASIST is an intensive 2-day suicide intervention training with lots of role play 

  • There are also specific trainings for schools (Signs of Suicide, More Than Sad...) 

  • Contact us for help in identifying a trainer: 

AFTER a suicide: Downloadable Postvention Resources: