After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools
$6.00 | CE Hours:2.00 | Intermediate
CE Course Description
The suicide of a student can leave a school faced with grieving students, distressed parents and school staff, media attention, and a community struggling to understand what happened and why. This CE course provides guidance and tools for activities that help people cope with the emotional distress resulting from a suicide and prevent additional trauma that could lead to further suicidal behavior and deaths.
Author: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Suicide Prevention Resource Center. (2018). After a suicide: A toolkit for school (2nd ed.). Waltham, MA: Education Development Center.
Retrieved from: http://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/after-suicide-toolkit-schools
CE Course Objectives
1. Explain how schools should treat a suicide death of a student vs. a death from another means such as cancer.
2. Describe three warning signs indicating a young person may be at risk for suicide.
3. Restate three items that group meetings for students should focus on.
4. Identify the first action step when a school receives news that one of its students has died.
5. Summarize three ways students should be notified of a death and two ways in which they should not be notified of a student’s death.
CE Outline with Main Points
1. Crisis Response
a. Mobilize a Crisis Response Team
b. Share the News with the School Community
c. Address Cultural Diversity
d. Activities and Tools for Responding to a Crisis
2. Helping Students Cope
a. Key Considerations
b. Help Students Identify and Express Their Emotions
c. Practical Coping Strategies
d. Reach Out to Parents
e. Anniversary of the Death
3. Working with the Community
a. Key Consideration
b. Coroner / Medical Examiner
c. Police Department and Local Government
d. Funeral Director and Faith Community Leaders
e. Mental Health and Health Care
4. Working with the Media
a. Funerals and Memorial Services
b. Spontaneous Memorials
c. Online Memorial Pages, School Newspapers, and Yearbooks
d. Events and Graduation
e. Permanent Memorials and Scholarships
6. Social Media
a. Involve Students
b. Disseminate Information
c. Online Memorial Pages
d. Monitor and Respond
7. Suicide Contagion
a. Identifying Other Students at Possible Risk for Suicide
b. Connecting with Local Mental Health Resources
c. Suicide Clusters
Date Added: 2018-07-19
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