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SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Schools
July 13, 2012

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools (publication number SMA 12 4669).The toolkit was developedto help schools, school districts, and their partners design and implement strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health among students. Information and tools will help schools and their partners:

  • Assess their ability to prevent suicide among students and respond to suicides that may occur,
  • Understand strategies that can help students who are at risk for suicide,
  • Understand how to respond to the suicide of a student or other member of the school community,
  • Identify suicide prevention programs and activities that are effective for individual schools and respond to the needs and cultures of each school’s students, and
  • Integrate suicide prevention into activities that fulfill other aspects of the school’s mission, such as preventing the abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

Suicide prevention efforts in high schools are usually led by school counselors, mental health professionals, social workers, and members of Student Assistance Program teams. The participation, support, and active involvement of others in the school and community are essential for success. Members are encouraged to review the toolkit and share it with schools and Intermediate Units. The toolkit is available for downloaded at http://www.samhsa.gov. Select “Publications” and enter publication number “SMA 12 4669” in the search feature.

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