Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention in Schools: A Toolkit for Empowering School Districts
Terri A. Erbacher, Ph.D.

Most of us in schools are not fully prepared to deal with suicide prevention, intervention and postvention crises. This manual is meant to be utilized as a best practice guideline for schools and school districts to create their own policies and procedures. Every school and school district is unique and will therefore present with distinct characteristics that will require an individualized approach. Every school district should have policies in place to be prepared to deal with potentially suicidal students, suicidal crises, and steps to take in the aftermath of a suicide and the complex trauma and grief that follow.

Suicide Prevention Toolkit

Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide

Covering suicide carefully, even briefly, can change public misperceptions and correct myths, which can encourage those who are vulnerable or at risk to seek help. This guide is designed to provide members of the media recommendations on how to cover sensitive topics like suicides. 

Recommendations for Reporting