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Model school district policy on suicide prevention

This document assists schools in preventing, assessing, intervening  in, and responding to suicidal behavior, This modular, adaptable document will help educators and school administrators implement comprehensive suicide prevention policies in communities nationwide. Includes a fact sheet on the model policy.

Creator 
Trevor Project
Publisher 
Trevor Project
Contributor 
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, American School Counselor Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

IACP National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health: Breaking the silence on law enforcement suicides

In July 2013, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in partnership with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), U.S. Department of Justice hosted Breaking the Silence: A National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health in order to develop a national strategy to address officer mental wellness and suicide prevention. The strategies outlined in this report are designed as a roadmap for police departments seeking to include officer mental wellness as a core element of officer safety and well-being and to mitigate the threat of officer death by suicide. These strategies are designed to prevent the destructive effects of emotional trauma, mental illness, and officer deaths by suicide on a police community; to successfully intervene when officers confront mental health crises, mental illness, or suicidal behavior; and, to provide effective event response protocols when an officer dies by suicide in an agency. Helpful downloads related to the strategies outlined in the report are available on the website. 

Creator 
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
Publisher 
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)
Contributor 
U.S. Department of Justice
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

Social media guidelines for mental health promotion and suicide prevention

These guidelines provide tips for organizations and individuals communicating about mental health and suicide on social media to reduce stigma, increase help seeking behavior and help prevent suicide.

Creator 
TEAM Up
Publisher 
Entertainment Industries Council
Contributor 
California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

Information for faith-based and community leaders

These guidelines provide practical steps faith and community leaders can take in order to promote mental health recovery, help seeking and awareness of mental health issues. 

Creator 
Partnership Center, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Department of Health and Human Services
Publisher 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

VA/DoD clinical practice guideline for assessment and management of patients at risk for suicide

The Clinical Practice Guideline for the Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk was developed under the auspices of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). VHA and DoD define clinical practice guidelines as: “Recommendations for the performance or exclusion of specific procedures or services derived through a rigorous methodological approach that includes: Determination of appropriate criteria such as effectiveness, efficacy, population benefit, or patient satisfaction; and Literature review to determine the strength of the evidence in relation to these criteria.”

The intent of the guidelines is to:
• Reduce current unwarranted practice variation and provide facilities with a structured framework to help improve patient outcomes (prevent suicide and other forms of suicidal self-directed violent behavior)
• Provide evidence-based recommendations to assist providers and their patients in the decision-making process
• Identify outcome measures to support the development of practice-based evidence that can ultimately be used to improve clinical guidelines.

Creator 
The Assessment and Management of Risk for Suicide Working Group
Publisher 
Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense
Date published 
2013
Full Text Online 
Yes

Work and suicide prevention position statement

This position statement seeks to address the significant gaps exist in the understanding of the relationship between work and suicide, which can limit prevention efforts. The statement was released on February 20, 2014 at the Construction Industry inaugural Mental Health Conference in Brisbane. Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) calls on organizations of all sizes to implement workplace policies and programs that promote a mentally healthy workforce and prevent suicide behaviors. The position statement also provides recommendations for employers to take action to prevent suicide.

Creator 
Suicide Prevention Australia
Publisher 
Suicide Prevention Australia
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

A practitioner's resource guide: Helping families to support their LGBT children

This resource guide offers information and resources to help practitioners throughout health and social service systems implement best practices in engaging and helping families and caregivers to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children. Research has shown that compared to LGBT young adults who reported high levels of family rejection during adolescence were 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide.
 

Creator 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Publisher 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Contributor 
Caitlin Ryan, Director, Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

A Manager’s Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace: 10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide

Setting 
Workplaces
Type of Program 
Guidelines & Protocols
2001 NSSP Goals Addressed 
1.4, 2.1, 10.1, 10.2, 10.4
Description 

A Manager's Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace provides clear steps for postvention, giving leadership a sense of how to: provide an immediate response to the traumatic event; follow a short-term recovery plan; and develop long-term strategies for helping employees cope. The publication provides succinct procedures with checklists and flow charts and serves as a go-to guide for people dealing with the crisis of suicide. The goal of the guide is to help reduce the impact of the suicide event by offering a blueprint for handling these challenging situations. In addition to providing immediate access to clear steps to take for moving forward in the wake of a traumatic event, the guide helps workplaces plan to move from a solely reactive position to a proactive approach, including policy development and employee training. It is available online without charge from the Carson J Spencer Foundation.

A Manager's Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace provides clear steps for postvention, giving leadership a sense of how to: provide an immediate response to the traumatic event; follow a short-term recovery plan; and develop long-term strategies for helping employees cope. The publication provides succinct procedures with checklists and flow charts and serves as a go-to guide for people dealing with the crisis of suicide. The goal of the guide is to help reduce the impact of the suicide event by offering a blueprint for handling these challenging situations.

Program Description 

A Manager's Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace provides clear steps for postvention, giving leadership a sense of how to: provide an immediate response to the traumatic event; follow a short-term recovery plan; and develop long-term strategies for helping employees cope. The publication provides succinct procedures with checklists and flow charts and serves as a go-to guide for people dealing with the crisis of suicide. The goal of the guide is to help reduce the impact of the suicide event by offering a blueprint for handling these challenging situations. In addition to providing immediate access to clear steps to take for moving forward in the wake of a traumatic event, the guide helps workplaces plan to move from a solely reactive position to a proactive approach, including policy development and employee training.

The guide was created through the collaboration of numerous experts and organizations, including the American Association of Suicidology, the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and the Carson J Spencer Foundation. Collaborators worked to create a set of guidelines that are useful across varied types of workplaces, and they expect a range of individuals within these organizations and companies to find the information immediately helpful. This guide can be useful to managers at all levels–from the CEO of a large business to a front-line supervisor at a small organization.

Objectives 

Managers who use the guide and follow the checklists will have greater ability to:
1. Reduce suicide risk amongst employees after a suicide death.
2. Promote healthy grieving and to link those in need to resources.
3. Transition from suicide postvention to suicide prevention.

Implementation Essentials 

Managers who use the guide should be familiar with resources and services for employees who may need help.

Contact Information 
Sally Spencer-Thomas
CEO & Co-Founder
Carson J Spencer Foundation
1385 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite A-316
Denver, CO 80222
Phone: 303-219-5045
Organization 
Carson J Spencer Foundation
Costs 

A Manager's Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplaceis available online at no charge. 

First Posted 
Jan 17 2014

Editors’ code of practice

This set of guidelines that is widely used in the UK concerns ethical considerations in reporting.  It includes the following statement, “When reporting suicide, care should be taken to avoid excessive detail about the method used."

Creator 
Press Complaints Commission
Publisher 
Press Complaints Commission
Date published 
2011
Full Text Online 
Yes

Responding to a Cry for Help: Best Practices for Online Technologies

Setting 
Online Technologies
Type of Program 
Guidelines & Protocols
2001 NSSP Goals Addressed 
2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 4.3

Responding to a Cry for Help: Best Practices for Online Technologies provides recommendations for the development of policies and resources that decrease suicide risk amongst users of online technologies. The recommendations are organized into basic, mid-level and advanced levels. Basic recommendations address providing help, policies for responding to suicide content, and referrals. Mid-level recommendations address guidelines, user reporting, partnerships, contextual messaging, and education. Advanced recommendations address timely response, outreach, and cultural competency.

Program Description 

Responding to a Cry for Help: Best Practices for Online Technologiesprovides recommendations for the development of policies and resources that decrease suicide risk amongst users of online technologies. The recommendations are organized into basic, mid-level and advanced levels.  Basic recommendations address providing help, policies for responding to suicide content, and referrals. Mid-level recommendations address guidelines, user reporting, partnerships, contextual messaging, and education. Advanced recommendations address timely response, outreach, and cultural competency.  

Officials from online technology companies and suicide prevention professionals had two face-to-face meetings to discuss and create the recommendations. The recommendations were further refined through a review of relevant literature, additional expert review, and discussions. The initial meeting was conducted by Daniel Reidenberg of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) and officials from Facebook, Google, YouTube, Microsoft, Tumbler, Twitter, Wordpress, Yahoo, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Suicide Research Unit—Medical University of Vienna, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Research regarding suicide prevention amongst users of online technologies is in its infancy. There remains is still much to be learned. It is therefore important to acknowledge that these recommendations are based upon the best available knowledge and are subject to revision as more is learned.

Program Objectives 

Organizations that use the Responding to a Cry for Help: Best Practices for Online Technologies will have:

  1. Increased knowledge of suicide prevention resources for technology platforms and social media.
  2. Increased knowledge of how technology platforms and social media can help reduce suicide risk amongst online technology users.
Contact Information 

Dan Reidenberg
Executive Director
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
8120 Penn Avenue South, Suite 470
Bloomington, MN 55431
Voice: 952-946-7998
Fax: 952-829-0841
Email: dreidenberg@save.org
Website: www.save.org

Costs 

Responding to a Cry for Help: Best Practices for Online Technologies is available without charge. Copies can be downloaded from www.preventtheattempt.com.

First Posted 
Dec 16 2013
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