Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death for youth, ages 10-24, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Awareness is one of the most critical steps to prevention. This starts by talking about suicide with our youth, recognizing warning signs, and understanding risk factors. The National Association for School Psychologists (NASP) offers tips for parents and educators on risk factors, warning signs, what to do, and reminders. Together, families, educators, and community partners can support our students and save thousands of lives.
The Suicide Prevention Handbook is a brief overview of best practices for schools regarding suicide response and needs. There are quick links to websites and The Guide which is the State handbook for Suicide Prevention for schools.