Commonly Used Terms
Below are terms and acronyms that are commonly used in this work. If there is a term that you don’t understand and isn’t on this list, please email Jenn Fraga at firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
ASIST – A two-day face-to-face workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations where you’ll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive.
CONNECT Postvention – Developed by NAMI New Hampshire, this program increases the capacity of a community or organization to respond effectively to a suicide death in order to prevent additional suicides and promote healing for survivors of suicide loss.
Regional Suicide Prevention Coalitions – In many communities across Oregon, community members have formed local suicide prevention coalitions that meet regularly. If you would like to actively participate in preventing suicide, please consider joining a suicide prevention coalition in your community. Each coalition maintains its own meeting schedule and agenda and decides their own priorities to focus on.
Suicide Intervention – A direct effort to prevent a person or persons from attempting to take their own life or lives intentionally.
Suicide Postvention – An organized response in the aftermath of a suicide to accomplish any one or more of the following: To facilitate the healing of individuals from the grief and distress of suicide loss; To mitigate other negative effects of exposure to suicide; To prevent suicide among people who are at high risk after exposure to suicide.
Suicide Prevention – A collection of efforts to reduce the risk of suicide. These efforts may occur at the individual, relationship, community, and society level.
Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan (YSIPP) – Outlines the state of Oregon’s goals and objectives to reduce the incidence of youth suicide.
Zero Suicide – A commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems and is also a specific set of strategies and tools. The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under care within health and behavioral health systems are preventable.