Suicide Prevention and Awareness Resources
||When you notice worrisome behavior in your students, and especially when there is concern about suicide risk, you need practical suggestions and specific advice. These resources will help you better understand the relationship between suicide and teens, risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors. Find information on the appropriate steps to take when you feel you have identified an at-risk student. Plus, learn how to assess your attitude towards suicide, and find out the truth behind suicide myths.
Suicide Prevention: Educator Resources
Literature Dealing with Suicide
- Thirteen Reasons Why Discussion Guide
Thirteen Reasons Why, a novel for middle- and high-school students, makes an excellent companion to any school or community campaign for National Suicide Prevention Week (September 8–14, 2013). Author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.
- A Discussion Guide to the Novels of Chris Lynch
Facilitate classroom studies of novels by Chris Lynch with this discussion guide to Freewill, Iceman, and Sins of the Fathers. This literature guide includes pre-reading suggestions, discussion questions, and writing projects for each book. These books explore the nature of teen suicide, identity struggles, family expectations, abuse, betrayal, friendship, and loss.
Suicide Prevention: Resources for Parents
It's important to remember that parents need suicide information and awareness programs. Parents are often uninformed about the extent of suicide and suicide attempts in our youth. They may not even realize that a school has policies and procedures in place to address suicide, and/or staff who are trained to respond to a suicidal crisis. It's essential to provide them with guidelines for how to respond if they sense their child is troubled.
Suicide Prevention: Resources for Students
The vast majority of adolescents know someone who has committed or attempted to commit suicide. Prepare students for encounters they are likely to have by providing resources, teaching them about the warning signs, and showing them how to respond to troubled peers and get help for them.
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May Calendar of Events
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Common Core Lessons & Resources
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