• September 2012
  • Vol. 13, No. 8

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Suicide Prevention Toolkit

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has prepared a toolkit for school administrators to help prevent student suicides and promote positive behavioral health. The toolkit provides a variety of prevention strategies to help schools do the following:

  • Assess their current suicide prevention programs
  • Better understand ways to help at-risk students
  • Learn how to respond to student suicide
  • Identify existing, effective suicide prevention programs
  • Combine current suicide prevention methods with other prevention programs, such as alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs

The toolkit suggests developing a multifaceted approach to suicide prevention, including the following steps in sequential order:

  • Protocols for helping students at risk of suicide
  • Protocols for responding to suicide death
  • Staff education and training
  • Parent education
  • Student education
  • Screening

The toolkit provides implementation strategies for each step. Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools is available on the SAMHSA website:

http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA12-4669/SMA12-4669.pdf (3.82 MB)

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