Texas Suicide Prevention


Welcome to the Texas Department of State Health Services Suicide Prevention Homepage. We hope you will find information of use and interest to you and those you serve. If you have any questions or comments, we welcome your thoughts: mhsa@dshs.state.tx.us

If you or someone you know need help, state and national crisis numbers are below:

Table for crisis hotlines

Crisis Hotlines

Spotlight: Smartphone Applications

The world’s first suicide prevention App for Smartphones was developed right here in Texas. Learn More or Download for Free »

Spotlight: Help in Texas

Our Assistant Commissioner and Suicide Prevention Coordinator talk about how to get help in Texas in this video: “Suicide Prevention Resources in Texas: Where to go if You or a Family Member Needs Help

Texas Suicide Prevention Plan

Best Practices Registry for Public Schools  

House Bill 831, passed by the 83rd Legislature, requires DSHS to coordinate with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Regional Education Services Centers (ESC) to maintain an annually-updated list of recommended best practice-based  suicide prevention programs that may be selected for implementation by public elementary, junior high, middle and high schools. That list can be found at the link below.

List of recommended best practice-based suicide prevention programs

Training Requirements for Public School Personnel 

Senate Bill 460, passed by the 83rd Legislature, requires training for public school teachers, counselors, principals and all other appropriate staff in the detection and education of students at risk for suicide or with other mental or emotional disorders. A list of approved programs that meet this requirement can be found at the link below. These helpful examples are not meant to be an an exhaustive list. 

List of approved school personnel suicide prevention training programs 


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Last updated February 26, 2015