Support for School Communities/Protocol Development
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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:

For assistance in developing suicide policies and procedures in your school please contact Suicide Prevention Training Coordinator, Nicole E FosterYou can also get started developing your own protocols here.


The likelihood of schools, agencies, or primary care providers encountering a potential suicidal situation is real.  Protocols provide staff with direction, structure and support to safely assist in a suicidal situation, including: prevention, intervention, and postvention. 



A legislative resolve is currently pending approval that will require school districts to have Suicide Prevention Protocols in place for the 2019-2020 school year.  


See our schedule of protocol development trainings.

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