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Suicide Training for Schools and Teachers/Educators - Prevention and Postvention

Prevention/Intervention

School personnel are well positioned to notice changes in youth behaviors, attitudes, academic performance or social interactions which may signal symptoms of depression, substance abuse and/or other risk factors which may lead to suicide.

A unique community-based intervention, Connect increases the competence of school communities to promote suicide prevention, recognize individuals at risk and respond to individuals who are thinking about or who have attempted suicide. Included is a review of National Best Practice protocols for schools, interactive case scenarios based on possible school situations and discussion on how to integrate key community service providers to develop an effective and comprehensive response. Click here for more information.

Postvention

A suicide death can have a devastating impact on a school community.  Since knowing someone who has died by suicide is one of the highest risk factors for suicide, postvention becomes an integral part of suicide prevention efforts. Connect Suicide Postvention training is a proactive planning tool to promote healing and reduce risk in a school community in the event of a suicide or sudden death of a student, teacher or member of the community.

Using nationally designated best practice protocols, lecture, discussion and case vignettes, participants will learn important steps for reducing the risk of contagion.  Ideally, postvention training is provided in advance to prepare school staff to respond to a suicide and to enable schools to incorporate postvention protocols into their emergency response plans. Training and/or technical assistance can also be provided following a suicide death. Click here for  more information.