High School Toolkits

High School Toolkits

Children and teens spend significant time in school. Teachers and others who interact with students daily are in a prime position to recognize the signs of suicide risk and to make appropriate referrals. School personnel need regular training to help them build the skills and confidence to identify and assist vulnerable youth in seeking help. We’ve collected the resources below to assist schools in implementing effective suicide prevention programming and policies. Visit our Educators page for more information on the educator’s role in suicide prevention and available resources to educators in South Dakota. 


  • 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.
  • Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention: The content of this toolkit is drawn from State and National guidelines and from current research and recommendations regarding youth mental wellness and suicide prevention. Information about what schools can do to promote youth mental wellness before mental health concerns arise, how to recognize and respond to a mental health crisis, and how to support a school community after a suicide loss is included. 
  • 13 Reasons Why Toolkit Chances are you’ve either heard of Netflix’s series 13 Reasons Why, or your students have seen or have expressed an interest in watching this. 
  • Suicide Prevention Across the Educational Continuum: This series provides participants with information related to suicide prevention across the educational continuum for youth, young adults, and college students. Course topics include: how to assess for suicidality in school settings, prevention interventions for the K-12 populations and in a college setting, crisis response planning for suicidal patients, and new research regarding the relationships between genetics and those at risk of suicide.


Model School Policies 

Promotional Toolkits

  • The Bethe1SD campaign is a spin-off from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s #BeThe1To with the goal to spread the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide. Working to change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention, to actions that can promote healing, help and give hope.
    • The Bethe1SD Toolkit includes: 50 QTY Drawstring Bag, 50 QTY Water Bottles, 50 QTY Silicone Bracelets, 50 QTY Lanyards, 50 QTY Stickers, 50 QTY Pens, 50 QTY Brochures, 50 QTY Referral Cards, 10 QTY Posters and 1 QTY Mini-Banner Stand (must be returned after event). To order a Bethe1SD Toolkit at no cost, click here
  • The Reach for Life Campaign was created to promote the crisis line in Indian Country . The colors that were chosen are the colors of the traditional medicine wheel.

    • The  Reach for Life Toolkit includes: 25 QTY Drawstring Bags, 25 QTY Bracelets, 25 QTY Referral Cards and 10 QTY Posters.To order a Reach for Life Toolkit at no cost, click here.