About the SPORT Project
The importance of mental health and suicide prevention for our students and school communities is even more critical with reopening schools after COVID-19 school-related closures. Unfortunately, suicide continues to be the second leading cause of death for youth and young adults across the nation. However, we as a county see some promising suicide prevention data. LA County has one of the lowest suicide rates for youth in all the counties in California.
Several years ago, the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL) created a model and a sustainable system to deliver suicide prevention and student resiliency content to teachers, school administrators, and school-based mental health support staff known as the Suicide Prevention and Ongoing Resiliency Training (SPORT) project through a Trainer of Trainer (TOT) model.
The SPORT project continues this critical work across the county with intentionality and focuses on vulnerable populations such as our LGBTQ+ youth. High-quality Professional Development is offered at no cost. Participants receive training on how to align local services and plans to AB 2246 and AB 1767. SPORT Customized Coaching sessions are a recent addition to this project and supports the implementation of a sustainable system to deliver suicide prevention, intervention, postvention, and student resiliency content to teachers, school administrators, and school-based mental health support staff.
CDOL is a nationally recognized leader in distance and online learning and has been in operation since 1990. CDOL designs and operates this website.
Los Angeles County Office of Education
Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services (CIS)
Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL)
Dotti Ysais, Project Director III