When a suicide occurs, it can disrupt the foundation of the school and larger community to the core. How school leaders respond can help minimize negative effects and reinforce resilience. In fact, effective postvention efforts serve as the first line for prevention of potential suicide contagion among vulnerable members of the school community.
After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools provides step-by-step guidance, templates, and resources all in one place. It is a vital resource to help school administrators and crisis teams plan for and implement appropriate postvention strategies to facilitate communications, support grieving students and staff, identify at-risk individuals, and more.
The NSP work with Education Institution to achieve the following
Steps that should be taken immediately when the school learns that a student has died by suicide
Ways that the school can help reduce the emotional trauma of an unexpected death for all
students and reduce suicide risk among vulnerable students.
Approaches to sharing information and coordinating activities with organizations and groups outside the school, including the police department, local government, faith community, and mental health providers
Helping journalists ensure that the public gets the information it needs without causing undue emotional stress, increasing the risk of contagion to other students, or violating the privacy of the deceased and his or her family
Appropriately remembering and honoring a student who died without contributing to additional emotional trauma or suicide risk among other students
How to appropriately use social media to inform the community while working to limit the spread of rumors and social media content that can raise the risk of vulnerable students
Helping vulnerable students who may be in emotional or suicidal crisis as a result of the death of another student, member of the school community, or a celebrity with whom they identify, in order to avoid additional suicidal behavior and deaths
Identifying and working with postvention experts from outside the school
Moving past the immediate crisis and implementing a comprehensive suicide prevention plan (if the
school does not already have one)
Help schools create a comprehensive school mental health systems (CSMHSs) an effective and broad multi-tiered approach to caring for students. CSMHSs are school-community collaborations that provide a continuum of mental health services across all three tiers of care (i.e., promotion and prevention for all students, early identification and interventions for those students at risk, and indicated treatment for those students with more intensive needs). There are innovative opportunities for these collaborations to enhance the mental health of students, improve the school climate, and decrease student social isolation and marginalization
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Helping Schools build mental health literacy is a universal prevention strategy that schools can implement with all staff and students within a specific school, and/or more broadly within the community
We train SROs to directly help identify students with mental disorders and to connect them with appropriate mental health or substance use services in the school. By fostering positive relationships with students, SROs can also help address situations that students bring to their attention for other students who may need support. Further, we support SROs with an online presence to help identify potential student needs and encourage indicated help seeking through school-based mental health and substance related resources
Help schools establishcounseling, psychological, and social services (CPSS) coordinators can have a positive impact on the quality and delivery of mental health and other related services.
CPSS coordinators can coordinate various providers within and outside of schools to meet students’ needs. Coordination of services can also result in a clear mission, goals, and objectives that promote the integration of procedures and programs.
Integration of services within the larger school environment helps secure resources, such as provision of confidential space for providing
services, and helps minimize lost class time for students seeking services.
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