If you have ever had a student to complete suicide, you never forget it. You always think about what you could have said or done differently to change his or her mind. The thought that bothers me most is that suicide is a preventable death. The problem is that the topic is often considered taboo in the majority of schools. Wanting to know more, I decided to join our local suicide coalition to find training and resources to break down the stigma that exists in my community around suicide. Since joining our coalition, I have learned a lot about the signs of suicide, how to speak to parents about an attempt, and what resources to offer our parents and teachers. Thankfully, my confidence has increased and I even train other educators about suicide prevention!
School counselors are often expected to be the school expert in suicide awareness and prevention; however, many of my colleagues, including myself, are often petrified when we hear the word. In my humble opinion, I believe that our fear comes from our lack of training, ignorance about protocols, and unfamiliarity with helpful resources. Since September is Suicide Prevention Month, I wanted to share some resources, training, and helpful information.
After a Suicide Toolkit for Schools
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Ask for Help Cards
100 Ways to Make It Through the Next Five Minutes
Bullying and Suicide
Center for Suicide Prevention - Tattered Teddies Handbook
Depression and Suicide
Gay and Suicidal
Guidance of Students Returning to School After a Suicide Related Absence
Lifeline Suicide Prevention E-Cards
Memorials After a Suicide
Mental Health First Aid
More Than Sad
My3app - Suicide Prevention App
Not My Kid - Video for parents
Prevent the Attempt - What to say if your organization has an online presence.
Preventing Suicide A Toolkit for High Schools
Question, Persuade, Refer - Gatekeeper training.
School Suicide Prevention Accreditation
Signs of Suicide - Secondary Suicide Prevention Program.
Sources of Strength - School program to prevent suicide.
Substance Use and Suicide Prevention
Suicide Awareness Poster
Suicide Isn't About Wanting to Die
Suicide Help Card
Suicide Prevention Among LGBT Youth
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Suicide Prevention Guide for Teachers
Suicide Prevention Primer
Suicide Shouldn't Be a Secret
2013 State Suicide Stats
Suicidal Warning Signs
Talking About Suicide With LGBTQ Populations
Teens Reaction to the Anniversary Date of a Peers Death
Teen Suicide - Facts and Information for Canadian Educators
Trevor Project - Resources for LGBTQ teens.
World Suicide Awareness Day
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention
Youth Suicide Webinars
See my past post of suicide resources from 2014.