Suicide Prevention: Supporting our Youth

Date: 2014
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)

Information

Type:  Program/Practice, Education/Training Program
Organization:  Samaritans
Costs: 

Suicide Prevention: Supporting Our Youth is available at no charge in most parts of the state of Massachusetts. Contact Kelley Cunningham for more information.

Contact

Lauren Gablinske
Manager, Community Education & Outreach
Samaritans
41 West St., 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-536-2460
617-247-0207
Suicide Prevention: Supporting Our Youth is a one- to three-hour training developed by Samaritans for middle school and high school faculty and staff. Participants learn important information about suicide prevention, and are introduced to the concept and skills of befriending. Materials include a PowerPoint presentation, handouts, and wallet cards. Role-playing and practice modules are included for extended (2-3 hour) versions of the training.
 
Suicide Prevention: Supporting Our Youth was developed by Kelley Cunningham, Manager for Community Education and Outreach at Samaritans, who is certified by the American Association of Suicidology as a School Suicide Prevention Specialist. She is also a registered ASIST Trainer (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).  Sources for the information given in the workshop include the American Association of Suicidology, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
 

Program Objectives

Educators who take the Suicide Prevention: Supporting Our Youth workshop will acquire greater: 

  1. Knowledge of warning signs and risk factors for suicide.
  2. Knowledge of protective factors against suicide.
  3. Understanding of how to obtain help for students at risk.
  4. Understanding of how to communicate effectively with at-risk students.

Implementation Essentials

  • Schools that use Suicide Prevention: Supporting Our Youth should have established protocols for managing and getting help for students who may be at risk. 

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
Settings:  Schools, Middle School, High School
Strategies:  Identify and Assist, Gatekeeper Training