Maine Suicide Prevention Program

Suicide prevention is up to all of us.

Suicidal behavior is complex and frightening. The impact of suicide is devastating to families, friends, and entire communities. The goal of the Maine Suicide Prevention Program (MSPP) is to reduce the incidence of fatal and non-fatal suicidal behavior among Maine citizens across the lifespan.

Did you know that in Maine alone, there were 689 deaths by suicide between 2011 and 20131? That is an average of 229 suicides a year. Further, between 2011 and 2013, suicide was the first leading cause of death for Maine adolescents between the ages of 10 and 14, second among Maine residents between 15 and 34 years of age, and fourth among Maine residents between the ages of 35 and 54.1

The Maine Suicide Prevention Program strongly believes that it is essential to provide educational resources and training so that Maine residents can identify and address suicidal behavior when it occurs. Our training partner for this endeavor is NAMI Maine. Throughout the year, we offer a variety of training programs, such as Suicide Awareness, Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training, Protocol Development Training for Schools, Lifelines Lessons Teacher Trainings, and Supporting Families, Supporting LGBT Youth. If you would like to register or learn more about these or any of our other training programs, please contact the Maine Suicide Prevention Training Coordinator, Amy Ouellette by phone (1-800-464-5767) or email ( You can also access information about available training programs by using the following link:

If you would like to order suicide prevention resources, please contact our Planning and Research Associate, Anita Reynolds by phone (1-207-278-8900) or email ( You can also order resources such as posters, pamphlets, magnets, and brochures, using our online order form: For more detailed information about the Maine Suicide Prevention Program, we invite you to review our Maine Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan for 2012-2017.

Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention – 2016 Conference

Conference Materials from the 2016 Beyond the Basics Conference can be found at:

Videos of taped presentations:

Please check back for details of our next Beyond the Basics Conference, tentatively scheduled to be held in the Spring of 2017 in Augusta, Maine.

1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. Accessed August 24, 2016. Available from URL: