Section 1526: Suicide Awareness/ Prevention Education: Guidelines & Educational Materials
Note: Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, each school entity shall:
Adopt an age-appropriate youth suicide awareness and prevention policy
and (2) Include in its professional development plan
submitted to the secretary for approval pursuant to
section 1205.1 four (4) hours of training in youth suicide awareness
and prevention every five (5) years for professional educators in
school buildings serving students in grades six through twelve.
More Than Sad Program
More Than Sad Program of the American Foundation for Suicide
prevention provides education about factors that put youth at risk for
suicide, in particular depression and other mental disorders. The
program includes two sets of materials one for teens and one for
teachers and school personnel. Instructional materials to accompany
More Than Sad Program, include a power point presentation.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
PA AFSP chapters will make the "More Than Sad" DVD available free to all high and middle schools in PA that request one.
Contact your local PA chapter via email at:
Prevent Suicide PA's Online Learning Center
The Suicide Prevention Online Learning Center offers general
“gatekeeper” training to promote mental health literacy, specifically in the
realm of suicide prevention. Trainings provided on the site are free,
based on individual roles in the school system, and in-line with a multi-tiered
approach, as well as state legislation. Specialized trainings are
available for mental health professionals, which includes training on risk
assessments and safety planning, and a webinar is available to administrators
on school suicide prevention policy.
Kognito At-Risk for High School Educators
1-hour, online, interactive gatekeeper training program that prepares
high school teachers and other school personnel to identify, approach,
and refer students who are exhibiting signs of psychological distress
such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation.
Through a self-paced, narrative-driven experience, participants build
knowledge, skills, and confidence to connect at-risk students to
counseling, mental health, or crisis support services.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff,
peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring
citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a
mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course is
designed to improve participants' knowledge and modify their attitudes
and perceptions about mental health and related issues, including how
to respond to individuals who are experiencing one or more acute mental
health crises (i.e., suicidal thoughts and/or behavior, acute stress
reaction, panic attacks, and/or acute psychotic behavior) or are in the
early stages of one or more chronic mental health problems (i.e.,
depressive, anxiety, and/or psychotic disorders, which may occur with
Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention
interactive training program for educators and school staff. Designed
in a series of 5 modules, it addresses the critical but limited
responsibilities of educators in the process of identification and
referral of potentially suicidal youth. It focuses on the practical
realities and challenges inherent in the school setting through a
variety of training formats that include lecture, question and answer,
and role plays. This training is available free of charge.
ASK about Suicide to Save a Life
program provides participants with an overview of the basic
epidemiology of suicide and suicidal behavior, including risk and
protective factors. Participants are trained to recognize warning
signs—behaviors and characteristics that might indicate elevated risk
for suicidal behavior—and how to intervene with a person they think
might be at risk for suicide. Implementation Essentials: Participants
should be aware of the suicide prevention protocols for their
particular setting along with local referral points for those who may
be at risk for suicide.
More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention Education for Teachers and Other School Personnel
by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, this training is
designed to help educators better understand suicidal behavior in
adolescents, including its causes, treatment, and prevention. This
program is available to Pennsylvania school entities free of charge.
AFSP has 6 chapters in Pennsylvania based on counties. For a copy of the More Than Sad
program or more information, please find the AFSP Pennsylvania Chapter for you and contact that chapter directly.
PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum (2nd Edition
of two complementary workshops. Workshop 1 is designed to help schools
create systems to meet the safety and crisis prevention and
preparedness needs of students, staff, and families. Workshop 2 focuses
on mental health crisis intervention and recovery. The curriculum
builds on existing personnel, resources, and programs; links to ongoing
school safety efforts; facilitates sustainability; addresses a range
of crises (including suicide); and can be adapted to each school's size
QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention: QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention is a 1-2 hour educational program designed to teach "gatekeepers"--those
who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at
risk of suicide (e.g., parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches,
caseworkers, police officers)--the warning signs of a suicide crisis
and how to respond by following three steps; Question, Persuade, and
Be A Link
for training cost and more information) Be A Link! is an adult
gatekeeper training program that provides participants with knowledge
to help them identify youth at risk for suicide and refer them to
appropriate help resources. Be A Link! requires a certified Yellow
Wisconsin Gatekeeper Online training
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org) or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line
(http://www.crisistextline.org) or Text PA to 741-741.
Prevent Suicide PA
- To support those who are affected by suicide, provide education,
awareness, and understanding by collaborating with the community to
prevent suicide, and reduce the stigma associated with suicide.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Provides resources to educators and other stakeholders on youth and adult suicide prevention.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention
and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the
advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide
prevention through research, education and training, the development of
standards and resources, and survivor support services.
Services for Teens At Risk (STAR Center)
research, treatment, and training center. Funded by the State of
Pennsylvania's General Assembly in 1986 to address adolescent suicide
and depression, the program provides individual assessment and
treatment to teens that are experiencing depression and suicidality.
They also provide community education services about
depression and suicidality to schools, social service agencies, churches
and other organizations that request them.
The Trevor Project
national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide
prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and
Youth Suicide Prevention School Based Guide
to provide accurate, user-friendly information. The Guide is not a
program but a tool that provides a framework for schools to assess
their existing or proposed suicide prevention efforts (through a series
of checklists) and provides resources and information that school
administrators can use to enhance or add to their existing program.
First, checklists can be completed to help evaluate the adequacy of the
schools' suicide prevention programs. Second, information is offered
in a series of issue briefs corresponding to a specific checklist. Each
brief offers a rationale for the importance of the specific topic
together with a brief overview of the key points. The briefs also offer
specific strategies that have proven to work in reducing the incidence
of suicide, with references that schools may then explore in greater
detail. A resource section with helpful links is also included. The
Guide provides information to schools to assist them in the development
of a framework to work in partnership with community resources and
Toolkit for High Schools
high schools and school districts in designing and implementing
strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. Includes
tools to implement a multi-faceted suicide prevention program that
responds to the needs and cultures of students. Released in June
video from the Society for Prevention of Teen Suicide is a good reference for parents. It is free of charge.