Suicide

After A Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools

A toolkit by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) that consists of recommendations by national experts, school-based personnel, clinicians, researchers, and crisis response professionals on how to address the aftermath of a suicide.

This tool kit addresses suicide prevention and responses to suicidal behaviors in three irrevocably interconnected and interdependent areas: 1. Promotion of mental and physical health and well-being. 2. Intervention in a suicidal crisis. 3. Postvention response to suicidal death.

An article by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) that explains ways that foster parents can identify at-risk youth, intervene, and get the youth connected to help.

Know the Signs is a statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out. This campaign is intended to educate Californians how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to find the words to have a direct conversation with someone in crisis and where to find professional help and resources. 

This document outlines model policies and best practices for school districts to follow to protect the health and safety of all students. As suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 10-19, it is critically important that school districts have policies and procedures in place to prevent, assess the risk of, intervene in, and respond to youth suicidal behavior.  Here's a one-page fact sheet about the policy. Click link above for the complete policy document.

Presentation slides from the January 9, 2014 training presented by Didi Hirsch Agency at Orange County Dept. of Education.

A toolkit by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that consists of strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health among students.

The L.A. County Youth Suicide Prevention Project has a whole page of web-based resources on self-injurious behavior including cutting. One web resource cited is Educators and Self-Injury and it provides information on how to recognize, understand, and respond to self-injury.

An article that explains causes and warning signs for suicide, facts and myths associated with suicide, and what you can do to reduce the risk of suicide in teens.

An article by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) discussing how to recognize warning signs of suicide, how to help suicide attempters and survivors, and also to how​ to help yourself and your fellow first responders.

This website has been especially developed for the 80 school districts within Los Angeles County, to provide administrators, staff, parents, and students with the most up-to-date information about the prevention, intervention, and postvention of suicide among our youth.