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Youth Suicide Prevention

Strategies

Awareness

  • Implement training to teachers at the district and charter school level on evidence based youth suicide prevention programs, including recognition of signs that a student may be considering suicide.
  • Provide age appropriate suicide awareness training to students as part of a health curriculum with an emphasis on suicide as a health issue witha focus on de-stigmatization.
  • Provide awareness training for parents through a variety of resources and settings including parent seminars.

 Prevention

  • Provide opportunities for Student Services Staff; school counselors, social workers, psychologists, and administrators; to access evidence-based suicide intervention training.
  • Annually review school crisis plans to determine that school personnel can recognize signs of suicide risk and that policies, protocols and resources are in place to facilitate appropriate responses to a suicide threat, an attempted suicide, or a completed suicide.
  • Collaborate with community agencies to facilitate opportunities for suicide prevention training.
  • Collaborate with community agencies to facilitate suicide referral protocols and support services.

Intervention

  • Implement the evidence-based suicide intervention strategies and protocols identified in the school crisis plan when encountering a student/students at risk of suicide.
  • Identify and support opportunities for individual and/or group intervention for students who may be at-risk for suicide, who have attempted suicide, and/or who have been impacted by suicide.
  • Provide resources for parents, siblings and peers who support a student with mental illness who is at risk for suicide.

Postvention

  • Train the crisis response team in suicide postvention. The team should include the school safety specialist, school counselor, social worker, school psychologist and administrator.
  • Incorporate suicide postvention planning into the school crisis plan.
  • Incorporate community resources into the school crisis plan in the event that school resources are compromised by a suicide event.

Evaluation

  • Incorporate evaluation into all aspects of suicide prevention and intervention.
  • Review program and evaluate responses.