Learn how to prevent suicide and deal with the aftermath of a suicide in the school community.
- Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools – 2012: This guide by SAMHSA helps high schools, school districts, and communities design and implement strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health among students.
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center: This organization helps carry out the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. It also offers information to help put together programs, develop interventions, and promote policies to prevent suicide.
- Times of Tragedy: Preventing Suicide in Troubled Children and Youth, Part II from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) – 2002: This guide provides suggestions on how school personnel and crisis team members can prevent suicide in children and youth who are at increased risk for suicide after being exposed to large-scale crises.
- Wallet cards – 2008, magnets – 2005, or posters: These products, available at the SAMHSA Store, provide warning signs, tips, and the National Suicide Lifeline number.
Post-Suicide Coping Resources
- After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center – 2011: This guide deals with responding to a crisis, helping students cope, working with the community, bringing help, and moving forward.
- Death: Dealing with Crisis at School – Practical Suggestions for Educators from NASP – 2012: This guide helps educators respond to the death of a student or colleague in a timely and supportive manner.
- Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services: This organization provides quality mental health and substance use disorder services in underserved communities. It offers several suicide prevention, survival, and support resources.
- Los Angeles County Youth Suicide Prevention Project: This website, developed by a former Safe Schools/Healthy Students grantee, provides administrators, staff, parents, and students in Los Angeles County school districts with the most up-to-date information about the prevention, intervention, and postvention of youth suicide.
- NASP: School Safety and Crisis Resources: This organization has free materials to help children and youth cope with traumatic or unsettling events.
- Suicide: Postvention Strategies for School Personnel – 2004 (PDF | 170 KB) : This handout helps school staff adopt suicide postvention services and procedures.