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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:

 

Youth suicide prevention, intervention & postvention guidelines:  A resource for school personnel

 

SPRC (Suicide Prevention Resource Center)-a toolkit for schools

 

 

Responding to a crisis at school

Suicide Prevention Awareness Training Video + Toolkit for Maine School Personnel

 

 

 

For assistance in developing suicide policies and procedures in your school please contact Suicide Prevention Training Coordinator, Nicole E FosterSee our schedule of protocol development trainings.


For an FAQ regarding the April 25, 2013 legislative decision requiring all public school staff in Maine to complete suicide prevention awareness training