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Section 1: Resources for Educators

d.  MOVIES, VIDEOS AND DVDs FOR EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS


  • Stories Of Hope And Recovery: A Video Guide for Suicide Attempt Survivors prepared by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Features inspiring stories from three people who survived an attempted suicide. Told through their voices and those of their families, the stories recount their journeys from the suicide attempt to a life of hope and recovery. Includes a video guide.

  • It Gets Better Project was created in September 2010 in response to youth suicide among LGBT population, author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry to inspire hope for young people facing harassment because of their sexual orientation. This website describes the project and includes a YouTube video of Dan Savage and his husband reflecting about their difficulties growing up along with more than 10,000 testimonials of LGBT persons.

  • Lifelines: A Suicide Prevention Program is a suicide prevention program at a school-wide level produced by hazelden.org. It includes facts about suicide and students' role in suicide prevention and resources available in the school and community. Also includes a presentation for parents to answer questions and involve them in the school's suicide prevention activities.

  • More Than Sad - Preventing Teen Suicide by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is atraining program helps educators to better understand suicidal behavior in adolescents. It features two films, approximately 25 minutes in length that provide information on the causes of youth suicide, warning signs and steps that they can take to get help for students.

  • More Than Sad - Teen Depression by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a DVD that features four vignettes, each designed to present a recognizable picture of depression, treatment and promote help-seeking behaviors.

  • Signs of Suicide (Part 1 of 2): Using the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Program, the 2-part video is for use with school decision makers regarding the need for school-based suicide prevention/postvention programs and crisis planning. School administrators and staff share their experiences of dealing with the suicides of their students. An overview is given of school-based suicide prevention programs and crisis planning to reduce suicide among middle and high school students, including potential suicide contagion. The video emphasizes the importance of educating staff using gatekeeper programs and screening students with evidence-based programs.

  • Signs of Suicide (Part 2 of 2): Using the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Program, the 2-part video is for use with school decision makers regarding the need for school-based suicide prevention/postvention programs and crisis planning. School administrators and staff share their experiences of dealing with the suicides of their students. An overview is given of school-based suicide prevention programs and crisis planning to reduce suicide among middle and high school students, including potential suicide contagion. The video emphasizes the importance of educating staff using gatekeeper programs and screening students with evidence-based programs.

  • The Trevor Project: Set in 1981, the story is told through a series of diary entries following a gay 13-year-old boy named Trevor, who seeks his parents' attention and support by frequently "faking" his own death by suicide. There are other resource documents available on suicide facts and information.
  • Voices Against Violence: Bullying Prevention produced by the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and features a series of vignettes. The moral and emotional evolution of the bystander is charted on the screen as the student grapples with the decision to intervene.
·         Recommended videos from the American Association of Suicidology



  • Swensrud Depression Prevention Program: This depression and suicide awareness program is designed to be administered in the high school setting for students in grades 9-12. It includes a guide for using the materials in school, a 35-minute documentary, and four structured modules for student instruction.

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