Last month was recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month, but this topic is of vital importance year-round. The Pennsylvania Department of Education and its partners support youth suicide prevention efforts through resources at www.preventsuicidepa.org. Below are a few resources relevant to the commonwealth’s public schools.
- Considerations for Virtual Adaptations to School Suicide Prevention Policies and Procedures: This document was developed to assist schools with reviewing existing suicide prevention policies and procedures to determine whether implementation may need to be modified, particularly within a virtual or hybrid structure.
- Suicide Prevention Online Learning Center: This free online training site has been developed to provide research-based and best practice information to those supporting youth with suicidal thoughts and behaviors, including educators.
- Prevent Suicide PA’s Annual PSA Contest for High School Students: This year’s contest launched on September 21, 2020, and all submissions are due by December 16, 2020. Students are encouraged to develop and submit a youth suicide prevention PSA in one of 5 categories. Access the 2021 PSA contest rules and submission guidelines.
- STAR-Center Postvention Standards Manual, Fifth Edition: This manual is intended to guide schools and communities in developing their own postvention (i.e., services offered in an aftermath of a suicide or tragedy) policies and procedures. Access the newly revised version of the STAR-Center Postvention Standards Manual.