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In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, The FYI set out to create comprehensive and culturally specific resources addressing suicide risks, intervention, assessment, and prevention. This thorough resource includes information specific to teens, parents, survivors of suicide attempts, their families, survivors of suicide loss, a section for mental health professionals, imams, educators, and additional resources including infographics, videos, and help-lines.

This toolkit was authored by Mariam Kandil, MA; with help and support from Sameera Ahmed, Ph.D.; Saara Patel, MSW; Saba Maroof, MD; and Sarrah AbuLughod, MA.



FYI Original Suicide Prevention Resources

The FYI has published these three original resources on the topic of suicide prevention and intervention. These resources are research and clinically based and are designed with religious and cultural sensitivities in mind.

The FYI Suicide Prevention Community Action Guide.

This Community Action Guide is designed to: Increase community awareness and education, help identify ways to integrate prevention efforts into your community and highlight relevant resources for those in need. 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 FYI Suicide Intervention Infographic

This infographic gives 7 steps you can take to intervene if you believe someone you know is having suicidal thougths. This resource can serve as a quick-reference and reminder. Learn how to assess the risks, assess the protective factors, which questions to ask and how to act. Additionally, the infographic includes more resources.

The FYI Suicide Prevention Infographic

This infographic gives information on suicide rates and prevention methods. This resource can serve as a quick-reference and may be good to print out and put in high traffic areas of your masjid, community center, or youth rec center. Additionally, the infographic gives suggestions on what to do if you are feeling suicidal or having suicidal thoughts.

Are You Having Suicidal Thoughts?

If you yourself are having suicidal thoughts the first thing we want you to do is:

  • Call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to receive free and confidential emotional support. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and also provide prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.


  • Text the Crisis Text Line. Text TALK to 741-741 to text with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free, 24/7.


Creating a Safety Plan

Creating a safety plan for yourself is important. If you know that you sometimes get overtaken by thoughts of self-harm or suicide it is good to list out some of the supports that you do have in order to protect yourself. First, do you know what your warning signs are? Second, list out some of the coping strategies you might have used in the past. Third, who are people you trust that you might be able to call? This infographic has a continued list of how to best create a safety plan.

Also, take a minute to watch this short video below. Remember, we put this resource together because we care about you and want you to find a way out of this moment. If you are having suicidal thoughts, this animated video encourages you to have hope and seek help.

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

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