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Youth Suicide Prevention

Overview

The Utah Youth Suicide Prevention Program Plan, based on a research based prevention model, recognizes that collaboration and commitment of key partners are essential for sustainable and effective programs. Required partners include:

  • teachers,
  • school counselors,
  • school administrators,
  • the legislature,
  • the Division of Mental Health, and
  • parents

A sustainable program, based on national research, requires collaboration, funding and commitment to a full array of prevention, intervention, and postvention (after a suicide) activities. USOE will provide leadership and technical assistance for prevention specialists in the districts to assist each school in implementing a sustainable program that addresses all prevention components. One event or solitary efforts will be insufficient for this serious problem.This plan and the accompanying resources will provide districts and individual schools the tools needed.

Goals

  • Develop research based state standards and resources for the prevention of teen suicide;
  • Raise awareness of suicide prevention with teachers, parents, counselors and students;
  • Provide all educators training on
    • the warning signs of suicide;
    • state and federal policy;
    • appropriate responses
  • Teach young people the warning signs of suicidal intent, how to respond, and how/where to get help for friends who exhibit these signs.
  • Educate school faculty and staff on warning signs and instruct them on what to do when they recognize warning signs in students.
  • Create awareness of local training opportunities that will further enhance skill in recognizing and addressing youth at risk for suicide.
  • Provide leadership for districst and charter schools to provide high quality, research based parent seminars;
  • Collaborate with the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and community based organizations at the state, regional and local level;
  • Provide leadership and technical assistance to LEAs as they implement state law, State Board of Education rules and local board policies regarding prevention, including FERPA and State PPRA.
  • Develop resources for LEAs, sharingevidence based practices from national, state and local entities.
  • Provide leadership and technical assistance to districts by:
    • Holding professional development training for districts
    • Convening district prevention specialists 3-4 times a year for leadership, technical assistance and collaboration
    • Provide training to individual schools by USOE Suicide prevention specialist and the USOE suicide prevention training team.