Free Training (New!)

A series of free online trainings is available to healthcare and peer support providers.
1 month Micro-Interventions (2 hours)
1 month Suicide Safe Care (2 hours)
5 month Recommended Care (10 hours)
12 month DBT skills (26 hours)

Courses for people experiencing suicidal thoughts are under development.

Twitter Book Club (NEW!)

Do you Tweet? Learn more about our 12-Week Book club starting Feb 1, 2020. #BuildingALifeWorthLiving

Ambassador Program (New!)

You can apply become a Ambassador if you have benefited from this website personally (or professionally), would like to share your story, and can attend the online Academy.

Diary Card and Worksheets (New!)

Using Diary Cards and doing Practice Assignments can make the website more useful. The goal is to build a more manageable and meaningful life. Diary Card (PDF, Word, and Google Doc). Practice Assignment (Google Doc).
*Google Docs are latest version, but printing may be wonky.

Stress Model (New!)

The Stress Model is a simplified version of Marsha Linehan’s Biopsychosocial Theory of Emotion Dysregulation (1993). This video helps explain why, for some of us, sometimes it is harder to manage the pain of living.

Curbing Suicidal Thoughts

Here is a flyer that describes associated with reductions in suicidal thoughts. Press Release and one of the stories featuring our work. Video of DBT and DBT skills core evidence.

Safety Planning

One way to manage intense situations is to plan for them – like we do for fires: fire prevention, fire escape pathways, and “Stop, Drop, and Roll” (video). You can create a personalized plan – your own Emotional Fire Safety Plan (PDF and online)*. We’ve created a Guide to help (PDF and online). For healthcare providers, here is some example documentation (pdf and Word). Everyone should know “Stop, Drop, and Roll” steps for being on fire emotionally. A rationale for these steps was developed in collaboration with experts from a number of fields. Here is a downloadable image with these steps. *Online is latest version, but printing may be wonky.

Caring Messages

There are few resources for people hospitalized for suicidal thoughts, self-injury, and suicide attempts or for people who answer yes to suicidal thoughts when asked on a survey at their primary care provider’s office. This “business” card was developed to share (or .jpg form side 1 and side 2). Email it to your local print shop and share it any way you like. Write a caring message on the back. Here is a poster with examples. Print and post as you like. We were referenced in a long-form story about the power of caring messages written by Jason Cherkis. Here is a good overview of the topic covered by CBS Sunday Morning News.

Additional Resources for Service Providers

Here is a Consultation Team Agenda guide for implementation of supported DBT skills in clinical practice. A online on-demand training will be available Jan 15, 2020.


These are posters designed by our Team – including what to do in an emotional fire. This include 10 things people wished they had known the first time they were suicidal, steps for overwhelming urges to kill oneself. Feel free to download and print yourself or email to your local print shop. You can also order them online (proceeds go directly into website development). For healthcare providers, we have created a poster about how language matters.

I'm Listening

Our founder, Ursula Whiteside, co-hosts I’m Listening. This is a  nationally broadcast 2-hour radio show in the United States that occurs annually during Suicide Prevention Week. It features call-in guests and acclaimed musicians and athletes talking openly about mental health, addiction, and suicide.

Support our Work

We are entirely volunteer run. Here is our 2019 Annual Report and our profile on non-profit tracker Guidestar.
Want to make a tax deductible non-profit gift to support the creation of new resources? Donate on our Facebook Page or send donation to 2331 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112. Our 501c3 Tax-ID is 47-433-3366.

#SkilloftheWeek and #SkilloftheDay

We regularly add new short videos to your YouTube account (please follow us so we can get a personalized handle). Come follow us. Also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Here are #SkilloftheDay posters for Opposite Action (Monday), Paced Breathing (Tuesday), Ice-Water (Wednesday), Mindfulness (Thursday), Mindfulness of Current Emotion (Friday), and Wise Mind (Weekend). Here is a worksheet for practicing Opposite Action (online, PDF). Using things you learned here? We love it! Use #DBT_MF for Mindfulness, #DBT_OA for Opposite Action, #DBT_MCE for Mindfulness of Current Emotion or #DBT_PB for Paced Breathing. Make a one minute video with a story of a skill or skill tips and post it on our social media sites. See video making tips.

Coming Out

Things to consider when coming out about your own suicidal experience. Here are guidelinesLive Through This features examples.

More About Us

Facebook Collaboration

Members of  Team Now Matters Now support Facebook’s ongoing suicide prevention efforts. This work was highlighted in the New York Times.

Loving Someone Who Is Suicidal

Not sure how to proceed with an adult friend or love one who is chronically suicidal and not finding a way to help? Consider some of the ideas presented on this useful website. Some people have found this book useful.

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