Model School Policy on Suicide Prevention
The Model School Policy on Suicide Prevention gives educators and school administrators clear guidance on how to implement suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention policies in their schools and districts.
REVISED October 2019, in collaboration with the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and The Trevor Project, the newly updated Model is research-based and easily adaptable for schools serving students in Kindergarten through the 12th grade.
The Model includes specific, actionable steps to support school personnel; sample language for student handbooks; suggestions for involving parents and guardians in suicide prevention; tips for managing student re-entry after a mental health crisis; and guidance for addressing in-school suicide attempts and supporting the school community following a suicide loss.
In addition to educators and school leaders, school-based mental health professionals (e.g. counselors, social workers, nurses and psychologists) are essential in transforming policy into practice to enhance student well-being and the school environment as a whole.
More than half of all states in the U.S. currently require that educators receive training to prevent suicide. With recommendations rooted in best practices, the Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention can complement state law requirements and help schools achieve an inclusive, comprehensive suicide prevention plan.