Suicide

Overview

Each year an estimated 775,000 family members are impacted by the suicide attempt or death of a loved one. Countless others are concerned about friends. Young adults aged 18-24 have the highest incidence of reported suicide ideation.
 
One fourth of all persons aged 18-24 years in the U.S. are either full- or part-time college students. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death for Kentuckians 15-34 years old. From the National Institute of Mental Health, “suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students in the U.S.”
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KCSS Suicide Prevention Resources

KENTUCKY CENTER FOR SCHOOL SAFETY’S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT RESOURCE GUIDE

SSI Suicide Website Image KCSS EMRG SuicideKentucky Center for School Safety’s Emergency Management Resource Guide has a section on Suicide

Hinting, writing, or talking about suicide is a call for help and must be taken seriously. When confronted with a situation in which life-threatening behavior is present, immediate mobilization of all appropriate resources is paramount. Under such conditions, commitment to student confidentiality is superseded by the need to initiate life saving interventions.

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FREE HOTLINE…NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

SSI Bullying Website Image Suicide Prevention LifelineTogether, we can create awareness and give emotional support to those who may be contemplating suicide. If you or someone you know is in an emotional distress or suicidal crisis, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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LESSONS LEARNED FROM SCHOOL CRISES AND EMERGENCIES

SSI Suicide Website Image US Dept of Education Lessons LearnedResponding to a Suicide Cluster: Palo Alto School District.

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SAFE AND EFFECTIVE MESSAGING FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION

SSI Suicide Website Image SPRC Safe MessagingThis document offers evidence-based recommendations for creating safe and effective messages to raise public awareness that suicide is a serious and preventable public health problem. The following list of “Do’s” and “Don’ts” should be used to assess the appropriateness and safety of message content in suicide awareness campaigns.

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PREVENTING SUICIDE: A TOOLKIT FOR HIGH SCHOOLS

SSI Suicide Website Image SAMHSA Preventing SuicidePreventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools was funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help high schools, school districts, and their partners design and implement strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health among their students.

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13 REASONS WHY TALKING POINTS

SSI Suicide Website Image SAVE 13 Reasons Why13 Reasons Why is a fictional story based on a widely known novel and is meant to be a cautionary tale.

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AFTER A SUICIDE: A TOOLKIT FOR SCHOOLS

SSI Suicide Website Image SPRC After A SuicideAfter a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools addresses Objective 4.2 of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Increase the proportion of school districts and private school associations with evidence-based programs designed to address serious childhood and adolescent distress and prevent suicide.

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Suicide Prevention Training for Educators

SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING AND RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS

SSI Suicide Website Image KYCHFS Suicide Prevention TrainingIn response to new Kentucky legislation regarding suicide prevention training and awareness for middle school and high school staff and students, the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities has prepared information about programs, training and materials. Visit Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services website

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SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM

SSI Suicide Website Image KYCHFS Suicide Prevention ProgramThe purpose of this page is to provide information. It is NOT intended to be used for crisis prevention or intervention, or as a substitute for seeking professional help. The Commonwealth of Kentucky and its Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities provide no guarantee of the accuracy of, nor warranties of any kind related to, the material provided by external entities. Use of this information is at the sole risk of the user. Visit Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services website

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KENTUCKY SCHOOL LAW REQUIREMENTS…

SSI Suicide Website Image KRS Suicide PreventionSuicide Prevention Education for Middle and High School Staff
KRS 156.095 requires all school district employees with job duties requiring direct contact with students in grades six (6) through twelve (12) to fulfill one hour of high-quality (in-person, live streaming, or video recording) professional development training every year to review suicide prevention. In years that training is not provided, new hires shall be provided suicide prevention materials for review. This training may be included in the four days of professional development under KRS 158.070. KRS 161.011 permits suicide prevention training for classified employees.

Suicide Prevention Information for Middle and High School Students
KRS 156.095 requires that every public school shall provide suicide prevention awareness information in person, by live streaming, or via a video recording information to all students in grades six (6) through twelve (12) by September 15 of each year. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services posts suicide prevention awareness and training information on its webpage.

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Suicide: School Response

PREPARING FOR AND RESPONDING TO A DEATH BY SUICIDE

SSI Suicide Website Image Preparing for and Responding(The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida)

Sample Forms for Schools

  • Announcements for Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • Notification Letter to Parents Following a Suicide
  • Formal Statement to Notify Media of Suicide
  • Sample Response Form for Incoming Calls from the Media
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Suicide Resources

SUICIDE PREVENTION

SSI Suicide Website Image KidsPeace Suicide PreventionFacts, signs, and intervention – There are a number of reasons why children, like adults, may find themselves thinking the unthinkable. Alarmingly, in recent years, suicide has increased dramatically and, sadly, more and more of our children are choosing to end their lives rather than face the hardships the world hurls at them. This brochure provides suicide facts, signs you must not ignore, and intervention techniques…. (KidsPeace – The National Center for Kids Overcoming Crisis)

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NATIONAL ACTION ALLIANCE FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION

SSI Suicide Website Image Action AllianceThe Public-Private Partnership Advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

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THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

SSI Suicide Website Image CDC Suicide PreventionThe Center for Disease Control and Prevention hosted a webpage dedicated to suicide prevention, statistics, strategies and research. This site also includes podcasts on suicide prevention. (Department of Health and Human Resources)

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GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOLS RESPONDING TO … SUICIDE

SSI Suicide Website Image NCSCB GuidelinesNational Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) – Guidelines designed to respond to the needs of students and staff after a suicide has impacted the school environment.

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K-12 TOOLKIT FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION AND SUICIDE PREVENTION

SSI Suicide Website Image Toolkit Mental HealthThis Toolkit was created by the Health Care Alliance for Response to Adolescent Depression (HEARD) in 2013 (updated in 2017), in response to a need for schools to promote student mental health and wellbeing, to prevent suicide and, in particular, how to respond after a suicide loss. The Toolkit convenes national best practices from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH), and several other organizations. It serves as a resource to fulfill California law AB 2246, The Pupil Suicide Prevention Act (2016), which requires that all public schools serving students in grades 7-12 have a Pupil Suicide Prevention Policy. This document has been updated to reflect both this need and this policy requirement. The tools and resources provided in this updated Toolkit are meant to complement what schools may already have in place and to help initiate the implementation of a Pupil Suicide Prevention Policy. (Heard Alliance)

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AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION

SSI Suicide Website Image American Foundation for Suicide PreventionUnderstanding and preventing suicide through research, education, and advocacy

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SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCE CENTER

SSI Suicide Website Image Suicide Prevention Resource CenterPromoting a public health approach to suicide prevention

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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SUICIDOLOGY

SSI Suicide Website Image American Association SuicidologyThe goal of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is to understand and prevent suicide

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS

SSI Suicide Website Image NASP Preventing SuicidePreventing Youth Suicide – Brief Fact and Tips

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NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

SSI Bullying Website Image Suicide Prevention LifelineTogether, we can create awareness and give emotional support to those who may be contemplating suicide. If you or someone you know is in an emotional distress or suicidal crisis, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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