Suicide is the second leading cause of death among school-age children. Although suicide can be prevented, creating a successful prevention program requires a comprehensive, community-wide effort—one in which teachers play a critical role. Regardless of how much personal experience you have with suicide prevention, with the right knowledge and tools, you can have a potentially life-saving influence on the students in your school.

In this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills you need to help improve the effectiveness of your school’s suicide prevention program. You’ll gather the resources and techniques necessary to successfully and appropriately respond to students who exhibit suicidal behaviors and use the school’s crisis team in the event that they are needed. In addition, you’ll learn how to evaluate and revise school policies and procedures related to suicide prevention to ensure that it maximizes the school’s and community’s resources to best serve the needs of your students and families.

With the resources and knowledge from this course, you will be equipped to create a culture of awareness and connectedness at your school so that the entire community is prepared to mitigate risk factors and intervene with at-risk students.