|Support for School Communities|
If a school community experiences a suicide or a significant suicide attempt, it is a time of crisis. Every school district should have suicide policies and procedures that assist in guiding a school community response when faced with a threat of suicide or a suicide death. These protocols address the needs of the administrators, teachers/staff, students, and parents. Suicide crisis response and postvention is critical as it:
· Maintains a focus on student and staff safety, addressing the risk of contagion
· Provides guidance for support to grieving and/or traumatized peers & staff
· Addresses the need for screening and follows-up with those who may need additional support
· Reduces the likelihood of contagion for suicide
Resources for Developing your School Protocols:
assistance in developing suicide policies and procedures in your school please contact Suicide Prevention Training Coordinator, Matthew Bray. See our schedule of protocol development trainings.