For Schools

ThinkstockPhotos-76764110Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for teens and young adults. 

Equipping our youth with age-appropriate knowledge about mental health is essential for suicide prevention. We can let our children know that help is available, and that it is OK to ask for it.  Visit our teen resource page for more information on crisis and support lines.  Read on for information about training and educational opportunities. 

Legislation for suicide prevention in schools 

Assembly Bill 2246, requires all California schools that serve pupils in grades 7-12 to implement suicide prevention policies (including prevention, intervention and postvention) by the start of the 2017-18 school year.  The intent is to decrease suicide and suicide attempts among our students by training school staff to recognize the warning signs of suicide and to know what they can do to help a child in crisis.

Assembly Bill 1808 added Section 216 to the California Education Code and provided funding to ensure school staff was prepared to identify, support, and refer middle and high school students who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide. The bill also called for the training to be offered to middle and high school students. The training is being launched in two phases: Phase One will include the rollout of the program for middle and high school staff in late May 2020; Phase Two includes the roll out of the training for middle and high school students in mid-September 2020. 

Resources for Schools:

Questions about your child’s school? Contact the school administration for information on their implementation plans.

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Education and training for school staff

SAMHSA Schools

Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools

A plan for prevention, intervention and post-intervention.

“Assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. Includes tools to implement a multi-faceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students.”

For more information on obtaining the toolkit or for creating a plan for your school, please call 530-229-8426.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention

Model Language, Commentary, and Resources

Created from a collaboration of the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and The Trevor Project,  The Model School District Policy for Suicide Prevention is a comprehensive guide for implementing suicide prevention in schools. 

You can download your free copy by clicking here.

Model School Policy

Comprehensive Toolkit for SP in Schools

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Schools

This toolkit covers promoting mental wellness, intervention strategies and post-intervention plans.  

Compiled by:

Shashank V. Joshi,MD,

Mary Ojakian, RN

Linda Lenoir, RN, MSN

Sami Hartley, School Mental Health RA

Erica Weitz, MA

NEW RELEASE

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools assists schools in implementing a coordinated response to the suicide death of a student. Originally developed in 2011, the second edition includes new information and tools that middle and high schools can use to help the school community cope and reduce suicide risk. The toolkit was developed in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and in consultation with national experts, including school-based administrators and staff, clinicians, researchers, and crisis response professionals. It is designed primarily for administrators and staff but can also be useful for parents and communities. 

Highlights of the second edition include:

  • Updated information on such topics as memorialization, social media, and contagion
  • Updated resource lists
  • A new tool to help with decision-making about memorials
  • New examples of how different communities have addressed specific issues in responding to a suicide death
After a Suicide

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The Lotus Center

Lotus Educational Services – California’s premier agency offering resources and services to students, families, schools and communities throughout the state.

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Basic QPR takes 60-90 minutes and is offered free through Shasta County Health and Human Services. Call 530-229-8426 to schedule a session for your school staff.
 
QPR for School Health Professionals is a 3-4 hour, online expanded  training. Cost is $79 per participant.  Click here for more information.  

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Educational programs for students

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More Than Sad

More Than Sad is a Best Practice program that “teaches teens to recognize the signs of depression in themselves and others, challenges the stigma surrounding depression, and demystifies the treatment process.”
 
To schedule "More Than Sad" for your class, call 530-229-8426.

 

 For more  educational resources, please visit 

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center's Best Practice Registry for school and youth programs.