After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools assists schools in implementing a coordinated response to the suicide death of a student. Originally developed in 2011, the second edition includes new information and tools that middle and high schools can use to help the school community cope and reduce suicide risk. The toolkit was developed in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and in consultation with national experts, including school-based administrators and staff, clinicians, researchers, and crisis response professionals. It is designed primarily for administrators and staff but can also be useful for parents and communities.
Link to the toolkit HERE.
Highlights of the second edition include:
- Updated information on such topics as memorialization, social media, and contagion
- Updated resource lists
- A new tool to help with decision-making about memorials
- New examples of how different communities have addressed specific issues in responding to a suicide death
If you or someone you know may be having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 800-273-TALK. To reach someone to talk to in Essex County, call the 24-hour Essex County Mental Health Services Crisis Line at 888-854-3773 or the Mental Health Association 24-hour Hopeline at 800-440-8074. Free and confidental emotional support is always available. With help, comes hope.
Suicide Prevention Coalition provides outreach and postvention services
A representative from the Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition was in Lake Placid today visiting local businesses, schools and individuals to provide resources on mental health services, grief processing, self-care after a tragedy and suicide prevention. Anyone wishing to schedule an in-person visit can call the Mental Health Association at 962-2077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on the popular 2007 book, has surfaced the topic of suicide prevention across the country. But it has also raised concerns for how young people will react. If you’re thinking about the safest and best way to lead a discussion with teens about 13 Reasons Why and suicide, please read the tip sheet co-authored by SAVE.org and the JED Foundation.
Click here to download a PDF file of the 13 Reasons Why Talking Points.
Join us for the North Country Out of the Darkness Community Walk on October 1, 2017 at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval in Lake Placid. Registration/Check in begins at 11:30 am, the Walk begins at 1:00 pm. Proceeds benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, including advocacy for public policy, suicide prevention education, and support programs for survivors of suicide loss. Register to walk, be a virtual walker, make a donation, volunteer or become a sponsor at www.afsp.org/northcountry. Contact Shelby at 518-962-2077 or Shelby@mhainessex.org for more information.