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|Support for School Communities/Protocol Development|
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:
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 Foster. You 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.