In addition to the requirements under AB2246, comprehensive suicide prevention board policies include a component on educating students and parents about available school and community resources to support students experiencing thoughts of suicide.
Schools can increase help-seeking behavior in students by ensuring students are aware of the school mental health staff on campus. It is important that all school mental health staff are trained to respond to students seeking support for themselves or a peer experiencing suicidal ideation.
This website offers resources including trainings, tools, publications and technical assistance to support California schools with creating positive school climates as part of their school improvement plans.
The CDE created a Model Youth Suicide Prevention Policy to assist school districts with meeting the conditions of AB2246 by developing their own board policy.
The Trevor Project in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the American School Counselor Association created this national Model School District Policy for Suicide Prevention, with LGBTQ populations in mind to assist school administrators in developing their own board policy.
This is the Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. This website provides information for school districts on school climate and universal, targeted, and intensive behavioral supports for students.
Know the Signs is a California social marketing campaign emphasizing three key messages: “Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out.” This link takes you to resources and offers assistance to help increase knowledge of warning signs of suicide.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a mental health organization focused on building better lives for those affected by mental illness. NAMI OC high school clubs are student-led clubs that raise mental health awareness and reduce stigma through peer-led education and campus activities.
Each Mind Matters is California’s mental health movement. This website includes resources and information to create your school’s campaign to raise awareness and reduce stigma associated with mental health disorders. This is important since many youth who experience suicidal thoughts also have a mental health issue.
The CDC Preventing Suicide through Connectedness resource assists schools with understanding the link between connectedness and suicide prevention.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) endorses the implementation of scientifically established interventions.
The HEARD Alliance is a community alliance of health care professionals in the San Francisco area that promote collaboration with educational professionals to enhance the well-being of and prevent suicide in adolescents. This website has a number of resources along with a toolkit for suicide prevention and intervention.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is a national resource center focused on advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. This resource gives a comprehensive view of suicide prevention.
This National Association of School Psychologists resource has guidelines for administrators and crisis teams on suicide intervention and postvention.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is the national agency that focuses efforts on advancing the behavioral health of the nation to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness. This website provides a toolkit for schools on suicide prevention and intervention.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center created a toolkit for schools that specifically addresses postvention, working with clergy and the media following a suicide.
The Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention provides resources for schools on how successful messaging for suicide prevention.
This resource was created by practitioners and community members through Didi Hirsch. This information can assist districts with messaging responsibly through social media about suicide prevention.
This is a website resource from the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a website that provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide. This website has links specifically for educators.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center website has tools and resources to assist educators in the prevention of suicide.
The Coalition to Support Grieving Students is a website that provides resources and training modules for educators to assist with supporting grieving students.
Didi Hirsch is committed to providing quality mental health and substance abuse services in communities where stigma and poverty limit access. Didi Hirsch provides resources and training in suicide prevention for educators and clinicians.
GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”) is a national education organization started by teachers dedicated to ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.
This pamphlet from the CDC explains the relationship between bullying and suicide and provides information and resources for school personnel.