A Message to Educators…

As a teacher, school administrator, counselor, coach, or youth group leader, you interact daily with many young people that you you as a trusted adult. Some young people may have problems that could result in serious injury or even death by their own hand, and, as one of their trusted adults, you are in a position to observe their behavior and act when you suspect a young person might be at risk of self harm.

Suicide was ranked as the third leading cause of death among children, teens, and young adults between the ages or 10 to 24. Each year, around 5,000 young people die by suicide and for each of those deaths there are 100 to 200 attempts. 12.8 percent of high school students have made a plan about how they would attempt suicide, and 7.8 percent have attempted one or more times. Although very few of these suicides, or attempts, take place in schools, many young people who are at risk show signs that, if you recognize and act on, can lead to the prevention of death or injury and reduce emotional suffering.

There are steps you can take to prevent suicide: be educated and know the signs, don’t be afraid to respond and ask tough question, and stay connected with the student’s school and family. Schools throughout San Diego have used The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program to help educate students and staff about how to prevent suicide. Read more about this program:

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® , San Diego Chapter Detailed Program Description

Effectiveness of The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program®

Online Resources:

Be A Link® Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training: Developed by Yellow Ribbon, Be A Link! is a two-hour adult gatekeeper training program. The program can be implemented in a variety of settings, including schools, workplaces, and community groups. The training provides participants with knowledge to help them identify youth at risk for suicide and refer them to appropriate help resources.For more information, click on the link above.

Ask 4 Help Suicide Prevention for Youth: Developed by Yellow Ribbon, Ask 4 Help! is a one-hour high school-based curriculum that provides students with knowledge that may increase help-seeking for themselves or on the behalf of others. A central feature of the curriculum is the Ask 4 Help! wallet card. The card contains information on how to seek help, including a three-step action plan for helping others (stay with the person, listen to the person, get help for the person). Training can be provided by teachers or representatives of Yellow Ribbon.For more information, click on the link above.

StopBullying.gov: Bullying can threaten a teen’s physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. This website teaches educators to recognize bullying and encourage teens to be more than a bystander and speak up against bullying.For more information, click on the link above.

It’s Up 2 Us: When seeking help for a mental illness, it is helpful to know what to expect about the process of selecting a mental healthcare professional and starting treatment.For more information, click on the link above.

Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN): This organization seeks to develop school climates in which each member of the school community is valued regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity expression.>

If you are in San Diego County, contact us for comprehensive suicide prevention training.


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