“Whoever saves one life, it is written as if they have saved all of humanity.”

[Qur’an 5:32]

In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, we developed resources with the American Muslim community in mind. It is our hope that through one or all of the following resources, we can build more awareness and shine the light on a mental health topic that is not often talked about.
Not many people know how to address the issue of suicide when they are faced with it. It is often hard to know where to turn for help. These resources can make it easier to know what to do and where to go for more resources and information. Thank you to our dedicated team and to everyone who supported this project. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Below you will find the following resources:

Please share these resources with friends and family. The more people are prepared when these situations arise, the more lives we can save together, insha’Allah.

The FYI Suicide Prevention Community Action Guide

This guide was designed for the community organizer, the imam, the teacher and the parent in mind. As a steward of your community or your family, you are the first responder. You should know that what you do or say is critical. Many people do not know how to sensitively support someone struggling with suicidal thoughts, a suicide attempt survivor, or the family or community affected by death from suicide.

While you may not be trained as a mental health professional, this guide is meant to equip you with the knowledge and tools to better prevent, intervene, and address suicide in your community and help save lives.

The Family and Youth Institute Suicide Prevention Community Action Guide is designed to:

  • Increase community awareness and education
  • Help identify ways to integrate prevention efforts into your community
  • Highlight relevant resources for those in need

Click on the image to the right to access the guide.

The FYI Suicide Prevention Toolkit

The FYI Suicide Prevention Toolkit is a compilation of videos, articles, infographics and check-lists created and designed by outside organizations. These resources are vetted and organized based on the user. There are sections for those affected by suicide loss, suicide attempts, educators, community organizers and religious leaders.

Whether you are a friend of someone who has expressed suicidal thoughts or actions and want to help them create a safety plan or you are an imam at a masjid who would like to more about how to address a family or community who has just experienced a suicide loss, this toolkit has resources for you.

We recommend going through the resource and becoming familiar with all of the resources that are available.

Click on the image to the left to access the toolkit.


The FYI Suicide Intervention and Prevention  Infographics

The FY Suicide Intervention and Prevention Infographics were designed as a quick reference resource to help individuals know the basics of what to do if someone expresses suicidal thoughts or actions. Also, the infographics address ways in which mental health education and resources can help in suicide prevention.

We recommend becoming familiar with the information and printing these infographics out as hand-outs at your community events. You can also print the infographic out as a poster and hang in a high-traffic area at your local masjid or community center.

With more education and access to resources, together we can lessen the stigma and help more people get the help they need.

Click on the image to see an expanded version of each infographic.



National Day of Prayer for Faith, Hope, & Life Video

FYI Researcher, Dr. Sawssan Ahmed participated in 2017’s National Day of Prayer for Faith, Hope, and Life through the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Check out the positive and empowering message below.

Learn More about the Family & Youth Institute’s Suicide Prevention Resources

  Suicide Prevention Infographic      Suicide Intervention Infographic     Suicide Prevention Toolkit    Suicide Prevention Community Action Guide