Creating Linguistically and Culturally Competent Suicide Prevention Materials

This guide is designed to help public health practitioners produce suicide prevention materials for specific cultural and linguistic communities. Developed in collaboration with the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), it is based on their work to adapt suicide prevention materials for a variety of cultural and linguistic populations in California. The guide contains key principles and steps as well as examples, tools, and resource lists. Although the guide is about adapting materials, much of it is also useful for creating new materials. The process described can be applied to many different formats, including print materials, television or radio public service announcements, and face-to-face presentations.

Links to Resource:

Links to Population-specific Suicide Prevention Organizations:

  • Asian American Suicide Prevention & Education
  • Asian LifeNet Hotline: 1-877-990-8585 (Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean and Fujianese)
  • The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth, call 1-866-488-7386
  • Trans Lifeline primarily serves transgender people experiencing a crisis (including people who may be struggling with their gender identity and are not sure that they are transgender), call 1-877-565-8860
  • Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 (support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available)
  • View the NNEDshare post on Addressing Depression and Stress in African American Men
  • We R Native provides suicide prevention resources for American Indian and Alaska Native communities
  • Learn about Voz y Corazon, a suicide prevention program that gives Latina teens voice through art
  • CopLine provides confidential, 24/7 peer mental health support to law enforcement officers who are struggling with trauma, depression, or other forms of stress

Date: 2017