First and foremost, CDOL hopes you, your family, and loved ones continue to remain resilient and healthy amidst the uncertainty of these trying times.
In recognition of the school closures and the inability to hold any in-person training sessions, we have a 4-part series as resource to help your team provide SPORT2 training for parents, guardians, and caretakers.
We are happy to share the SPORT2 Suicide Prevention & Awareness for Parent training video series. Each segment is approximately 15 minutes in length.
Part 1 of 4
In this first segment of the series, the screencast highlights how parents are very important in the prevention of suicide, some of the myths surrounding suicide and prevention, and the importance of talking to their children. In this segment, as with each of the segments, resources for support are provided at the end of the segment.
Part 2 of 4
In this segment, the video focuses on the importance of safe messaging, using terminology when talking about suicide that will not have a negative impact. Also, taking a closer look at examining some of the trends and statistics with regards to youth suicide in Los Angeles County, as well as across the nation. Moreover, examining some of the risk factors which may lead to an increased risk of suicide, as well as protective factors, which are those aspects of a person’s life that helps protect them from going down the road towards suicidal behaviors.
Part 3 of 4
In this segment of the series, this screencast examines other risk factors which may lead to a higher risk of suicide, as well as more protective factors that students cope with emotional distress thus helping protect them from going down the path towards suicide.
Part 4 of 4
In this final segment of the series, the video examines some of the precipitating events which may be seen as a spark that, when the underlying risk factors are present, may lead to a student going down the path towards a suicidal action. This segment also features warning signs (which are red flags that a child may be heading down that path), and what parents should do immediately if they become aware of those red flags.
Important Note regarding the SPORT2 Parent Training
As you may or may not be aware, there is a section in this training that talks about the referral process if a parent is concerned that their child may be suicidal, or demonstrate some concerning signs. Due to the countywide school dismissals, because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, this referral process likely has changed for your district, so in that section, we ask parent participants to please refer to the referral process outlined by the school district, so when you send this out, it is highly recommended that you include some way for the parent to access that referral process that is specific to your school district.
Also, please note these are not stand-alone segments, this is a four-part series broken up into manageable pieces, as parents these days may not have a big block of time to view this training all at once, they are more digestible pieces. They are meant to be viewed in order, and in entirety, but at the convenience of the viewer.