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Section 1: Resources for Educators

a. GUIDES AND TOOLKITS FOR EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS

  • The Role of High School Teachers in Preventing Suicide by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center
  • Save a Friend: Tips for Teens to Prevent Suicide by the National Association of School Psychologists
  • Times of Tragedy: Preventing Suicide in Troubled Children and Youth, Part I  
  • “Taking the Lead on Suicide Prevention and Intervention in the Schools” by the National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides information, tools, and guidance to schools that have been touched by the tragedy of a suicide.
  • Suicide Shouldn't Be a Secret is a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention aimed at promoting suicide prevention among teens and their parents. The PSA’s educate about the warning signs of depression in young people, and identify action steps that can be taken to get help for someone who may be suicidal. The campaign features teens who know someone who is suicidal, or who have lost a friend to suicide.
  • Helpful List of Suicide Prevention and Awareness Resources provided in partnership with the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
  • Preventing Suicide: A Resource for Teachers and Other School Staff prepared as part of SUPRE, the World Health Organization (WHO) worldwide initiative for the prevention of suicide.
  • Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools prepared by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. Includes tools to implement a multi-faceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students.
  • Suicide Basics Handout by the National Association of School Psychologists describes the problem of depression in adolescents, symptoms, risk factors, ways to determine if a student is depressed, available treatment options and how to access them, and whole school approaches to prevent suicide.
  • Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School Staff by the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement is designed to help school administrators, teachers and crisis team members respond to the needs of students and staff after a loss such as the death of a student or staff member or when deaths occur that affect many people in the community. 
  • Guidelines for Schools Responding to Death by Suicide by the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement are designed to help school administrators, teachers, and crisis team members respond to the needs of students and staff after a suicide has impacted the school environment as well as when an individual student’s life may be impacted by a suicide within the family.
  • After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center provides basic information and practical tools for schools to use in developing and implementing responses to a suicide death of a student or staff person. It includes information about getting started, implementing crisis response actions, dealing with issues related to memorials, helping students cope, and working with social media and the community.
  • Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helps high schools, school districts, and their partners design and implement strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health among their students. It describes the steps necessary to implement all the components of a comprehensive school-based suicide prevention program and contains numerous tools to help carry out the steps.
  • Suicide Warning Signs (wallet card) by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline contains the warning signs for suicide and the toll-free number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
  • The Role of Co-Workers in Preventing Suicide by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center helps people in any type of workplace learn how to recognize and respond to the warning signs for suicide in their co-workers.
  • The Role of High School Mental Health Providers in Preventing Suicide by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center helps high school mental health providers recognize and respond to the warning signs and risk factors for suicide in high school students.
  • Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention - (Model Language, Commentary, and Resources) by The Trevor Project, in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American School Counselor Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists, created this model policy development document.
  1. One-Page Fact Sheet: Fast Facts: Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention
  2. Full Policy Document: Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention
  3. Webinar
         * View recorded webinar on the Model School District Policy
         *  View a PDF of the webinar presentation slides

  • The Jason Foundation, Inc. offers programs for educators, law enforcement personnel, health professionals and others who work closely with young people. There are multiple training modules available that discuss the staggering statistics associated with youth suicide, identify several signs of concern of possible suicidal ideation and explore resources to help a depressed or suicidal youth. Request a free log-in and password at these links.
  1. http://jasonfoundation.com/get-involved/educator-youth-worker-coach/professional-development-series/
  2. http://jasonfoundation.com/get-involved/educator-youth-worker-coach/programs/
  3. http://jasonfoundation.com/get-involved/educator-youth-worker-coach/c-a-p/

  • Recommendations from the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide:
  1. Dealing with Suicide-related Curriculum
  2. Understanding Suicide: Outlining Basic Characteristics
  3. FACTS – Warning Signs of Suicide
  4. Suicide Awareness in Elementary School: Sense or Nonsense?
  5. Memorials After a Suicide
  6. Student Return to School
  7. Understanding Student Reactions to the Anniversary Date of a Peer's Death
  8. The Role of the School Board In Suicide Prevention
  9. Response to the Myth That Talking about Suicide With Kids Will "Plant the Idea"




·         Resource Sheets from the Maine Suicide Prevention Program:
  1. American Indian
  2. Bullying
  3. College
  4. Cyber-bullying
  5. Police
  6. Postvention
  7. School Personnel
  8. GLBT
  9. GLBTQ- Rainbow Brick Road
  10. GLBTQ- Creating Safer Spaces
  11. GLBTQ- Be The Change You Wish To See
  12. GLBTQ- Safe Zone Poster

  • Helpful newsletter by the Center for Mental Health School Analysis and Action at the University of Maryland

  • Los Angeles County Youth Suicide Prevention Project has separate sections for school administrators, school staff, parents, and students. Each section contains information sheets, videos, and other helpful resources. The website also has links to resources on a variety of at-risk populations and special issues in suicide prevention.

  • Youth Suicide Prevention School-Based Guide by Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida provides a framework for schools to assess their existing or proposed suicide prevention efforts and resources, and information that school administrators can use to enhance or add to their existing programs. Topics covered include administrative issues, risk and protective factors, prevention guidelines, intervention and postvention strategies, and school climate.
  1. In addition to these resources, the School section of the SPRC online library has many other materials. Go to http://www.sprc.org/search/library/School?filters=type%3Alibrary_resource

  • Fact Sheets on Suicide: Adolescents and Young Adults by the National Adolescent Health Information Center, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, highlight some important research results on suicide. It provides information about the age adolescents are most likely to commit suicide, how gender and race impact adolescents in regard to suicide, and examines the suicide rate trends for adolescents.

  • The Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) Idaho offers helpful “Guidelines for Suicide Prevention in Schools:
  1. http://www.spanidaho.org/youth-suicide-forschools-prevention.shtml
  2. http://www.spanidaho.org/youth-suicide-forschools.shtml



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