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High School Toolkits

  • Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools is available for free download from SAMHSA. It assists school personnel in designing and implementing strategies that prevent suicide and promote behavioral health.You can also contact the Helpline Center to receive a copy of this toolkit.
    • Includes:
      • Screening tools
      • Information about warning signs and risk factors
      • Parent education materials
      • Research-based guidelines
      • Resources to assist the whole community in its suicide prevention efforts that respond to the needs and cultures of high school students
      • Practices to help identify students at risk of suicide
      • Protocols to respond to suicide death
      • Educational programs to engage youth in suicide prevention programs
      • Recommended actions to increase parent and school community support for screening programs
  • Prevention Depression: A toolkit for schools:This manual focuses on the implementation of a program specifically designed to address depression prevention for students in grades 7-12. It is available for purchase at the link listed with this record.
  • After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools:this toolkit is designed to assist schools in the aftermath of a suicide (or other death) in the school community. It is organized into the following brief chapters:
    • Introduction and Executive Summary
    • Get the Facts First
    • Crisis Response
    • Tools for Crisis Response
    • Helping Students Cope
    • Working with the Community
    • Memorialization
    • Social Media
    • Suicide Contagion
    • Bringing in Outside Help
    • Going Forward