LOOK LISTEN LINK: A Health Curriculum for Middle School

Date: 2009
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)


Type:  Program/Practice, Education/Training Program
Organization:  Washington Youth Suicide Prevention Program

Within Washington State, the LOOK LISTEN LINK curriculum package is available for $100. Outside of Washington State, the curriculum package is available for $250.

Although teacher training is encouraged, it is not necessary. YSPP can arrange free training for middle school teachers in the State of Washington. Training takes 1–3 hours.


Shannon Rauh, M.Ed
Director of Training
Youth Suicide Prevention Program
444 NE Ravenna Bvld, Suite 202
Seattle, WA 98115
​Voice: 206-297-5922 Ext. 1
Email: shannon@yspp.org 
Website: www.yspp.org

Developed by Washington State’s Youth Suicide Prevention Program, LOOK LISTEN LINK is a curriculum designed for middle school-aged youth. It consists of four 45-minute lessons that focus on identifying causes of stress along with healthy ways of coping with stress and anxiety. Another significant focus of the program is teaching youth how to recognize friends who are depressed and how to link them to resources.

The LOOK LISTEN LINK curriculum includes interactive exercises, classroom discussion, role-play practice, and observation through an accompanying instructional DVD. The lessons integrate interactive teaching and participatory learning principles. They are problem-centered and based on issues relevant to students. The program empowers students to recognize the signs of anxiety and depression in their peers and to seek help.

Development of LOOK LISTEN LINK was based on research about middle school learners. The curriculum authors relied heavily on feedback from Washington State middle school teachers and middle-school aged youth leaders. The curriculum was beta tested with students from two culturally diverse seventh grade health classrooms in Washington State.

Program Objectives

After participating in the curriculum, students should be able to:

  1. Identify causes and symptoms of stress and anxiety in themselves and friends.
  2. Identify and demonstrate healthy ways to deal with stress and anxiety.
  3. Understand facts about teen depression.
  4. Recognize symptoms of depression in a friend.
  5. Name adult resources to go to for help.

Implementation Essentials

  • Teachers should identify helping resources in the school and in the community prior to student instruction.
  • A school-based crisis management plan, such as those found in the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention Guidelines should be implemented prior to student instruction.

2012 NSSP Objectives Addressed: 

Objective 7.1: Provide training on suicide prevention to community groups that have a role in the prevention of suicide and related behaviors.
Populations:  Youth, Adolescents
Settings:  Schools, Middle School
Strategies:  Identify and Assist, Gatekeeper Training, Life Skills and Resilience