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Skills in Youth Suicide Prevention


Recognizing and Responding to Teen Distress. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24. All staff can and must play a strategic role in prevention. Using compelling video examples, this course models right/wrong ways of responding to signs of teen distress.

All staff can learn to recognize and respond to students who may be depressed, distressed or having thoughts of suicide. Teachers, school staff, and anyone who routinely works with youth can beneficially affect the outcomes of teen distress when they know how to:
• Early warning signs such as difficulties in school, low self-esteem, change in sleeping or eating patterns, use or abuse of drugs or alcohol, overly self-critical, low energy, or withdrawal from normal activities.
• Late warning signs such as neglecting personal appearance, talk of suicide or death, isolation from friends and family, conduct problems, aggressive behavior, extreme anxiety, agitation, or self-injury, expressions of hopelessness or desperation, refusal of help, giving away prized possessions.

• Speak privately
• Engage in a calm, supportive way
• Listen
• Show empathy
• Be direct
• Ensure the student's safety
• Know how to contact a crisis team member

Audience: Administrators, teachers & staff grades 6-12. Video runtime: 20 minutes

Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever