Mission Statement
Suicide Prevention International (SPI) is the leading not-for-profit organization developing, implementing, and funding suicide prevention projects in the United States and worldwide. SPI utilizes its international network of experts to decide what projects are most likely to prevent suicide, selects the investigators to work on them, and is an active partner in conducting the projects from beginning to end. SPI is also concerned with providing support to survivors of suicide - children, youth, and adults who have lost a relative or friend to suicide. In furtherance of these goals, SPI undertakes educational projects aimed at mental health professionals who deal with suicidal patients or survivors, as well as educational and outreach projects intended for the public.
Current Suicide Prevention Initiatives
  Recognizing an Imminent Suicide Crisis (RISC)
Physician Depression and Suicide Prevention
Support for Survivors of Suicide
Youth Suicide Prevention 
Suicide Prevention in Rural China
Suicide Prevention in Vietnam
New Project: Reducing Suicide among Veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
The high rate of suicide among veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has become a source of public concern. Although our ability to recognize veterans at risk for suicide and intensify the psychiatric care they receive is increasing, they need more than individual psychiatric care. Their problems include work, social relations, and relations with their families. Family Psychoeducation (FPE) has been demonstrated to improve the results of all other treatments with which it has been tried –reducing symptoms, and relapse rates, and improving social and family relations and overall life functioning. No FPE project, with veterans or civilians and their families has included veterans known to be at risk for suicide which this project will do.
Life Lines Luncheon : Date Set – Honorees Selected
Gary Sinise, screen star and lead in CSI New York will receive our Humanitarian Award for his work and that of the Gary Sinise Foundation on behalf of veterans suffering from the physical and psychological aftermath of combat. Christie Civetta, Northeastern sophomore, will receive our Survivors Award for her remarkable accomplishments in raising awareness among young people and support from corporations for SPI’s youth suicide prevention initiatives. Herbert Hendin, SPI CEO and Medical Director, will receive our Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to our knowledge of suicide and how to prevent it. The luncheon will be held at the University Club in Manhattan on November 16th.
Collaboration of SPI and the Gary Sinise Foundation
A shared interest in helping veterans has led to a collaboration between SPI and Gary Sinise and the Gary Sinise Foundation. The collaboration will be announced at the Life Lines Luncheon (see above). The organizations will run ProAm Golf Events at outstanding golf courses on the East and West Coast in 2012 in which the proceeds will be divided between them. Gary Sinise’s love of golf and that of Al Rabil, Chair of the Life Lines Luncheon contributed to this unique collaboration. Brigadier General Colleen McGuire, Head of the Army Task Force on Suicide Prevention, and a guest speaker at the Luncheon, will describe the Army’s efforts at suicide prevention and express appreciation at the collaboration of the Gary Sinise Foundation and SPI to help in those efforts.

The American Mental Health Foundation honored Suicide Prevention International for "outstanding innovative research and treatment programs that are making a major contribution to suicide prevention." Evander Lomke, the Executive Director of AMHF, presented the Foundation's 2011 Stefan de Schill Award plaque and a check to Herbert Hendin, SPI's CEO and Medical Director, at SPI's Walk for Life on May 7th.
Groundbreaking SPI Study Shows That Suicidal Behavior Can Be Predicted

Herbert Hendin, M.D.

An enormous barrier to our ability to prevent suicide has been the inability to predict when someone is at acute risk (within 3 months) for suicidal behavior. Herbert Hendin, CEO and Medical Director at Suicide Prevention International, leads a group that developed an instrument, the Affective States Questionnaire (ASQ) that has demonstrated the ability to do just that. Click here to read more.