Tools for Teachers

Tools for Teachers

Suicide prevention – honest conversations about a difficult topic

10/2/2018

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 10-14, and the second leading cause of death for individuals ages 15-24. Education can be a valuable key to youth suicide awareness and prevention.

  • Preventing Suicide: A Guide for High Schools: This toolkit assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. The kit includes tools to implement a multifaceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students.
  • After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools 2nd Edition: This toolkit provides schools with best practice recommendations, templates and step-by-step instructions on effective postvention in the school community. Materials provide schools with directions on how to plan for effective school responses to suicides before a death occurs in the community, as well as straight-forward recommendations for communication, outreach and student support in the immediate and long-term follow-up after a suicide.
  • Kognito Trainings: This free training offers research-proven training simulations designed to prepare educators, staff and students to recognize when someone is exhibiting signs of psychological distress or underlying trauma and to manage a conversation with the goal of connecting them with the appropriate support. In these online courses, users engage in practice conversations with virtual humans. With the help of a virtual coach, users learn effective methods for engaging in difficult conversations, including applying motivational interviewing skills, asking open-ended questions and avoiding common pitfalls. These conversations address PTSD, behavioral health, suicide prevention and social change, among others, and provide users with a low-risk environment to practice conversations.
Additionally, information and resources about Ohio’s Suicide Prevention Plan are available on the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services' website. The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation promotes and implements free Kognito trainings in schools as part of the Ohio Campaign for Hope: Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative, along with offering other statewide resources.