Schools Get Much-Needed Guidance for Coping with Suicide

New Toolkit Addresses Concerns of Staff, Students and Parents
Suicide in a school community is tremendously sad and often unexpected. Faced with students struggling to cope and a community struggling to respond, schools need reliable information, practical tools and pragmatic guidance. AFSP and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, two of the nation’s leading organizations devoted to suicide prevention, are proud to announce the release of After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools, a free, online resource to help schools cope in the aftermath of a suicide. Developed in consultation with national experts, this toolkit, listed in the Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention, is a highly-practical resource for schools facing real-time crises, and is applicable for diverse populations and communities.
It includes general guidelines for action, do’s and don’ts, templates and sample materials, and covers topics such as Crisis Response, Helping Students Cope, Working with the Community, Memorialization, Social Media, Suicide Contagion and Bringing in Outside Help.

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