Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents and teens. If a student expresses suicidal thoughts or concerns to you, remember to remain calm. Listen, don’t judge, don’t accuse, and assure them that there IS help. If you believe a student is suicidal and in crisis, they can get help via the 988 Crisis Lifeline.
- Risk factors, warning signs, and how to help a youth experiencing suicidal ideation/thoughts
- Tool Kit for schools following a suicide
- Missouri Suicide Prevention Network (MSPN) Posters
In addition to hanging these where they are visible and accessible, feedback we have received from youth includes the recommendation to post these also in private areas, such as bathroom stalls, to allow for discretion when the individual may want to access the resources. Along with important data and talking points, these posters have a QR code which will direct the individual to the 988 website for help and additional resources.
- Suicide Prevention Lines
- After a Suicide: Toolkit for Schools
- CDC Suicide Prevention
- DMH Suicide Prevention
- Mental Health America - resources on Child and Adolescent Suicide, offers warning signs and action items.
- MO Suicide Prevention Network for students that are in crisis now with suicidal ideation.
- Suicide Prevention Publications-National Institute of Mental Health
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- Surgeon General’s Advisory on the Youth Mental Health Crisis has statistics on overall Mental Health as well as some very critical statistics on youth and adolescent suicide (2021)