Section 2: School-Based Suicide Prevention Programs and Materials
Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention
- (Model Language, Commentary, and Resources) 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.
Signs of Suicide (SOS) - High School Suicide Prevention Program
The Screening for Mental Health's (SMH) SOS Suicide Prevention Program
is a a school-based suicide prevention program targeting high school
students. SMH, a nonprofit organization, provides program kits for a
cost of $150, which includes material for 500 students. The program
educates teens in recognizing the signs of suicide and outlines action
steps for dealing with this mental health emergency. The National
Association of Schools Psychologists and many other national
associations endorse SOS.
Youth Suicide Prevention Programs: A Resource Guide
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's guide which includes
eight different suicide prevention strategies including school
gatekeeper training, community gatekeeper training, general suicide
education, screening programs, peer support programs, crisis centers and
hotlines, suicide restriction methods, and postvention. Although it was
created in 1992, the site remains relevant. The CDC released a new
summary of the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study about Suicide Prevention.
The SHPPS is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school
health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and
Fact Sheets on Suicide: Adolescents and Young Adults
The National Adolescent Health Information Center, University of
California, San Francisco School of Medicine, highlights 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. This Suicide Fact Sheet was published in 2006
and is based on the most current data available.
The Youth Suicide Prevention School-Based Guide
was developed by the Florida Mental Health Institute at the University
of South Florida. It provides a framework for schools to assess their
existing or proposed suicide prevention efforts (through a series of
checklists) and provides resources and information that school
administrators can use to enhance or add to their existing program.
Information is offered in a series of issue briefs corresponding to a
specific checklist. Each brief offers a rationale for the importance of
the specific topic together with a brief overview of the key points. The
briefs also offer specific strategies that have proven to work in
reducing the incidence of suicide, with references that schools can use
to explore these issues in greater detail.