Support Lines

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Samaritans Statewide Befriending Line
    1-877-870-HOPE (4673) (24 hrs)
  • Samariteens Helpline
    1-800-525-TEEN (8336)
    3 PM -9 PM weekdays/9 AM - 9 PM weekends
  • Trevor Project (GLBT Youth)
    1-800-850-8078
  • IM Hear_
    Monday - Thursday 6:00 - 9:00 PM
    IM Hear_ is an online instant messaging program of Samaritans, Inc. dedicated to providing online emotional support and to the prevention of suicide among high school students. It provides confidential peer support and understanding to students who are struggling with feelings of depression, loneliness and stress.
    Users of the IM Hear_ chat service do not have to be feeling suicidal, and most are not. Here, students can receive support, respect, acceptance and tolerance – for whatever reason. For more information on this program, please contact: Ron White, RWhite@samaritanshope.org.

Checklists, Guidelines and Toolkits

A Sample of Suicide Prevention Programs for Schools

  • Break Free From Depression
    Depressive disorders are the largest single contributor to suicide risk during adolescence. Break Free From Depression is a program designed by The Swensrud Depression Prevention Initiative at Boston Children’s Hospital. The program is designed for students in grades 9-12. The goals of the Break Free From Depression program are: to raise awareness of depression and other risk factors associated with mental illnesses in adolescents, promote early identification of youth in distress, and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. It includes a guide for using the materials in school, a 35-minute documentary and four structured modules for student instruction. Training and consultation are available.
  • How Not to Keep A Secret
    A resource to assist in implementing peer leader training, based on raising student awareness of adolescent depression and suicide prevention among their peers.
    For more information, email Kim Noble at: kimberly_noble@sshosp.org.
  • Kognito: At-Risk for High School Educators and At-Risk for Middle School Educators
    School personnel are in an ideal situation to identify common stressors affecting students, yet may feel uncomfortable broaching the topic or unsure how best to connect students to appropriate resources. At-Risk for High School Educators and At-Risk for Middle School Educators are research-proven online interactive courses that prepare educators and staff to identify, approach and connect students in distress to appropriate support services. Learners role-play difficult conversations with virtual students to master skills, improve confidence and adopt behaviors necessary to help students struggling with psychological distress.
  • Lifelines: A Suicide Prevention Program
    This program educates students on the facts about suicide and students' role in suicide prevention. It provides information on where to find suicide prevention resources in the school and community. Training materials are included for faculty and staff that provide accurate and practical information on identifying and referring students who might be at risk for suicide. Includes a presentation for parents that answers questions about youth suicide and prevention and it involves them in the school’s suicide prevention activities.
  • More Than Sad
    The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has developed an educational program to help teachers and other school personnel learn more about teen suicide and how they can play a role in its prevention. More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention Education for Teachers and Other School Personnel features two films and a manual that integrates both films into a comprehensive suicide prevention program. The program is designed to comply with states that have requirements or recommendations for teacher education in suicide prevention and can be used for group trainings or individual study.
  • SOS Signs of Suicide
    SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program is a program designed for middle and high school-age students. The program teaches students how to identify the symptoms of depression and suicidality in themselves or their friends, and encourages help-seeking through the use of the ACT® technique (Acknowledge, Care, Tell).

A Sample of Suicide Prevention Trainings for School Personnel


This information is provided by the Suicide Prevention Program within the Department of Public Health.