RESPONSE is a comprehensive high school-based program that increases awareness about suicide among high
school staff, students and parents. All program components are designed to heighten sensitivity to depression
and suicidal ideation, increase identification, and facilitate referral. The program also provides procedures to refer
a student who may be at-risk for suicide. Components include (1) a two-hour awareness training for staff, (2) a
four-hour student curriculum (spread across four class periods), and parent awareness materials. An
implementation assistance manual is also included for administrators. Before implementing the awareness
components, participating schools must identify key staff to serve on a suicide prevention team. Key schoolbased
staff should include the principal or vice-principal, a school-based RESPONSE coordinator, two "suicide
contacts" responsible for handling referrals, and a counselor. Each component of RESPONSE integrates
extensive “in the field” experience and key evaluation findings from other school-based programs. Videos for the
awareness components were developed in collaboration with an award-winning film company.
After implementation, participants should have:
School Kit $425.
Includes implementation, coordinator, and teacher manuals
with associated PowerPoint presentations and DVD’s
Additional Teacher Manual $137.50
Includes PowerPoint presentation and Never Enough DVD
Optional Parent Workshop $175.
Includes PowerPoint presentation and Parent Component
Optional Overview Presentation (plus expenses) $350.
*The content of practices listed in Section III (Adherence to Standards) of the SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry address specific goals of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and have been reviewed by a panel of three suicide prevention experts and found to meet standards of accuracy, safety, and programmatic guidelines. Practices were not reviewed for evidence of effectiveness. Additional information about the Best Practices Registry can be found at www.sprc.org.
The Best Practices Registry is supported by a grant (1 U79 SM059945) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). No official endorsement by SAMHSA or DHHS for the information in this document is intended or should be inferred.