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Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Glossary

Information about mental health and suicide prevention can sometimes include language you might not be familiar with. These terms are used commonly when talking about suicide prevention.

B

Best Practices

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C

Chat service

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Comprehensive suicide prevention plans

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Confidentiality

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Consumer

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Contagion

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Crisis center

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Crisis counseling

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Crisis hotline

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Crisis intervention

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G

Gatekeepers

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H

Health

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Health and safety officials

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I

Imminent risk

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Intervention

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M

Means

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Means restriction

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Methods

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Mental disorder

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Mental health

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Mental health problem

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Mental health services

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Mental illness

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Postvention

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Prevention

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Prevention network

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Protective factors

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Psychiatric disorder

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Psychiatry

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Psychology

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Public health

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R

Risk assessment

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Risk factors

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S

Screening

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Screening tools

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Self-harm

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Self-injury

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Social services

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Social support

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Stakeholders

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Stigma

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Substance abuse

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Suicidal act (also referred to as suicide attempt)

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Suicidal behavior

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Suicidal ideation

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Suicidality

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Suicide

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Suicide attempt

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Suicide attempt survivors

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Suicide survivors

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Suicide warning signs

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