A Model School Policy on Suicide Prevention: Model Language, Commentary and Resources

Date: 2019
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)

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Type:  Guidelines/Recommendations
Author:  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists and the Trevor Project
Publisher:  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

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This document was developed by ensuring that local policies are in line with the latest research in the field of suicide prevention and identifying best practices for a national framework. The model is comprehensive, with modular language that may be adapted to draft policies based on the unique needs of individual districts. The language and concepts in this policy are applicable for levels K-12 as current data has shown an increased (albeit still low) suicide rate for younger children. The model policy promotes a wellness culture that encompasses multiple dimensions, including social and mental health. It encourages the participation of families and communities and is intended to be paired with other initiatives that support the emotional and behavioral well-being of youth.

Populations:  Youth, Children Ages 12 and Younger, Adolescents, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Transgender People
Settings:  Schools, Middle School, High School, Behavioral Health Care, Family Members and Caregivers
About Suicide:  Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior, Attempts, Risk and Protective Factors
Planning and Implementing:  Partnerships and Coalitions, Policy and Legislation, News and Entertainment Media, Communications and Outreach, Safe/Effective Messaging
Strategies:  Increase Help-Seeking, Respond to Crisis, Postvention, Connectedness