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Section 2: School-Based Suicide Prevention Programs and Materials

b.  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.
  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

  • 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 classroom levels.

  • 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 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

  • 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.

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