Too many students experience pressures during their educational careers that lead them to suicidal ideation or suicidal acts. Students also are unfortunately too often confronted with the disturbing effects of traumatic loss events at school, at home or in the community. Suicide and other traumatic loss events, wherever they occur, can have a profound effect on the entire school community, disrupting the normal delivery of the educational program and the well being of students, staff and parents. Provided below are resources and information on school requirements for addressing these events and supportive resources for the prevention, intervention and postvention of suicide and other traumatic loss events.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Programs
- New Jersey Hopeline
“After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools”-- the SAMHSA-funded Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), two of the nation’s leading organizations devoted to suicide prevention, just released this new, free resource. The online toolkit draws on scientific research and best practices and includes common warning signs and causes of suicide. The kit emphasizes that schools should inform students about the connection between suicide and underlying disorders such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. It also recommends that administrators remind the community about available mental health resources, including hotline numbers and local counseling services. Other toolkit recommendations include talking with students in small groups to help them manage their emotional responses and monitoring social media to help identify other students who may be at risk.
- American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
- American Association Suicidology
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- National Center for Suicide Prevention Training
- National Institue of Mental Health
- New Jersey Core Currriculum Comtent Standards 2.1.4 F. Social and Emotional Health
- New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Council
- Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High School Funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and published in 2012, this toolkit is designed to help high schools, school districts, and their partners design and implement strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health among their students.
- The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
- Suicide Prevention Action Network USA
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- Survivors of Suicide
- 2ndfloor Youth Helpline