Suicide preventive guidelines

Since 1997 NASP is a WHO Lead Collaborating Centre of Mental Health Problems and Suicide Across Europe. WHO developed "Preventing Suicide: a resource series", a series of guidelines for different stakeholders.

WHO resources related to COVID-19

#HealthyAtHome - Mental health is a resource page where you can access various tips and advice on how to take care of your own mental health but also how you can help others who need help and support. Here are also specific tips for parents, older adults or if you have a mental health condition

Children’s book

"My Hero is You, How Kids Can Fight COVID-19!" (pdf, eng) is a children's book primarily for 6-11 year-olds. With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, the book explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality. The book is available in several languages through the IASC (Inter-Agency Standing Committee).

WHO suicide preventive guidelines

Since 1997, NASP has been linked to the World Health Organization as "WHO Lead Collaborating Center of Mental Health Problems and Suicide Across Europe". This means that NASP assists the central WHO office in Geneva and Copenhagen with advice on initiating preventive measures. Since 2000, NASP, together with the WHO Collaborating Center in Würzburg, has been commissioned by WHO's European office in Copenhagen to coordinate and monitor the European suicide prevention work.

The support material you find below has been developed as part of the work on Suicide Prevention (SUPRE), the WHO's worldwide initiative for suicide prevention. 

Police, firefighters and other first line responders

Preventing Suicide: a resource for police, firefighters and other first line responders (2009)

General physicians

Preventing suicide: a resource for general physicians (2000)

Media professionals

Preventing suicide: a resource for media professionals (update 2017)


Preventing suicide: a resource for teachers and other school staff (2000)

Primary health care workers

Preventing suicide: a resource for primary health care workers (2000)

Jails and prisons

Preventing suicide in jails and prisons (2007)

Survivor groups

Preventing suicide: how to start a survivors group (2008)

Preventing suicide: a resource for counsellors (2006)


Preventing suicide: a resource at work (2006)


Preventing suicide: A community engagement toolkit (2018)


Available translations: French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Bengali, Estonian, Flemish, German, Italian, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Slovenian, Swedish and Turkish via the WHO website