National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Samaritans Statewide Befriending Line
1-877-870-HOPE (4673) (24 hrs)
3pm-9pm weekdays/9am-9pm weekends
Trevor Project (GLBT Youth)
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
SAMHSA’s Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
Assists high schools, school districts and their partners design and implement strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health among their students. Describes the steps necessary to implement the components of a comprehensive school-based suicide prevention program. Tools are included to help carry out these steps including forms, worksheets, fact sheets, and guidelines. Postvention guidance is also included.
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, e-mail Kim Noble at: email@example.com.
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
Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR)
This training is designed for mental health or health care professionals
QPR (Question Persuade Refer)
You can become a Gatekeeper, or someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hope, and know how to get help and save a life.
A three hour suicide alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety.
School Suicide Prevention Accreditation Program
A self-study course for school professionals who want to increase their knowledge of school-based suicide prevention issues.
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