National Suicide Prevention Month 2021
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The theme for this year is “Supportive Transitions: Reenter, Reconnect, and Rebuild.” Transitions can be conceptualized as an event or series of events that cause fundamental changes in the fabric of daily life – what people do, where they do it, and with whom. Major life changes have long been understood to be environmental risk factors for suicide. Positive coping skills, resilience, and connectedness to family, friends, and our community can act as protective factors to help us navigate transitions. Remember, all of us can play a role in suicide prevention.
Resources for Suicide Prevention Month:
In preparation for Suicide Prevention Month, we are excited to share several tools with you that can be implemented with students. The Suicide Prevention Week toolkit includes resources in English and Spanish, and many activities that can be done individually or as a group, as well as virtually or at home. View the Suicide Prevention Week 2021 Activation Kit here for activities such as a new Suicide Prevention Crossword Puzzle, Zoom backgrounds, social media posts, and more. Visit www.suicideispreventable.org for more information.
September 5th- 11th, 2021 is Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. We encourage all to take part in the Daily Activity Challenge. Click here for a day-by-day activity guide to promote suicide prevention awareness. You can also visit www.suicideispreventable.org/prevention-kit.php for additional resources/information.
Friday, September 10th, 2021, is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is a time to remember those affected by suicide, to raise awareness, and to focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most. For more information, go to www.iasp.info/wspd2021/, and plan to show your support by lighting a candle near a window or on social media on the evening of September 10th at 8pm.
On Saturday, September 11th, 2021, Teen Line is hosting their annual Call-a-Thon from 10am-10pm. Trained teen volunteers are available to support fellow teens with any challenges they may be facing. Visit www.teenlineonline.org for more information and to share with students.
Take a moment to watch a video created by our very own LAUSD students from Hilda Solis Learning Academy. This video won 1st place in the State in the Directing Change video contest in the Suicide Prevention Category.
Teens Helping Teens- Established in 1980, TEEN LINE is a nonprofit, community-based organization helping troubled teenagers address their problems. Their mission to provide personal teen-to-teen education and support before problems become a crisis, using a national hotline, current technologies and community outreach.
Call (310) 855-HOPE or (800) TLC-TEEN (nationwide toll-free) from 6pm to 10pm PST.
Text "TEEN" to 839863 between 6:00pm-9:00pm PST to speak with one of our teens
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide Prevention, Intervention, & Postvention
Suicide can be prevented. Most of us have been touched by the tragedy of suicide. We may have lost someone close to us or been moved by the loss of someone we may have never met. Even if we knew the person was struggling, when a suicide happens, those left behind often experience deep shock. However, many people who find themselves in a suicide crisis can and do recover. Suicide can be prevented. You can help by taking the following actions outlined in the Know the Signs web site (www.suicideispreventable.org).
• Know the Signs: Learn to recognize these warning signs and how to respond to
them by visiting the Know the Signs web site.
• Find the Words: If you are concerned about someone, ask them directly if they
are thinking about suicide. The “Find the Words” section of the Know the Signs
web site suggests ways to start the conversation.
• Reach Out: You are not alone in this. Visit the Reach Out section of the Know the
Signs web site to identify where you can find help for your friend or loved one.
Prevention Works. Many people who feel suicidal do not want to die. If they can get through the crisis, treatment works. There are programs and practices that have been specifically developed to support those who are in a suicide crisis. In an effort to address the needs of our school communities, School Mental Health (SMH) has established clinics and centers throughout the District to provide high quality, direct mental health services to students and families in conveniently located facilities. For referral forms and a list of the School Mental Health Wellness Networks and Clinics located throughout the District, visit https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/12124.
I am worried about my child, what should I do?
If you believe that your child is thinking about suicide, approach the situation by asking. Asking is the first step in saving a life and can let them know that you are here for them and will listen.
If you need immediate help, call 911. For a psychiatric emergency, contact the Department of Mental Health 24-hours ACCESS Center at (800) 854-7771.
Suicide is a serious public health problem that takes an enormous toll on families, students, employees and communities. Suicide prevention involves the collective efforts of families/caregivers, the school community, mental health practitioners, local community organizations, and related professionals to reduce the incidence of suicide through education, awareness, and services. School personnel are instrumental in helping students and their families by identifying students at-risk and linking them to school and community mental health resources.
Implemented in 1986, suicide prevention services in LAUSD are comprised of prevention, intervention and postvention components. BUL-2637.3 Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention outlines administrative procedures for intervening with suicidal and self-injurious students and offer guidelines to school site crisis teams in the aftermath of a student death by suicide.
Suicide Prevention Awareness/ Self-Injury Awareness Handouts for Parents/Caregivers
Suicide Prevention Awareness for Parents/Caregivers (English) (Revised 2019) Informative brochures that inform parents about preventing suicide and ways to identify risk factors.
Suicide Prevention Awareness for Parents/Caregivers (Spanish) (Revised 2019) Informative brochures that inform parents about preventing suicide and ways to identify risk factors
Suicide Prevention Awareness for Parents/Caregivers (Thai) (New) Informative brochures that inform parents about preventing suicide and ways to identify risk factors
Self Injury Awareness for Parents/Caregivers (English) (Revised 2019) Procedures for Parents when encountered with youth who self-injure.
Self Injury Awareness for Parents/Caregivers (Spanish) (Revised 2019) Procedures for Parents when encountered with youth who self-injure.
Know the Signs Filipino Brochure
Know the Signs Khmer Brochure
Know the Signs Korean Brochure
Know the Signs Lao Brochure
Know the Signs Vietnamese Brochure
Know the Signs Mandarin Brochure
Know the Signs Ad Korean
Know the Signs Ad Chinese
Handouts for Staff
Suicide Prevention for Staff (Revised 2019) Procedures for teachers and school staff referring potentially suicidal students.
Self Injury Awareness for Staff (Revised 2019) Procedures for staff when encountered with youth who self-injure.
Adult Gatekeeper (New 2019) Provides tips to adults/staff members, who have been identified on a student’s safety plan, on how to be supportive, stay engaged, and ensure student safety.
Adult Gatekeeper (Spanish) (New 2019) Provides tips to adults/staff members, who have been identified on a student’s safety plan, on how to be supportive, stay engaged, and ensure student safety.
Handouts for StudentsTeenage years can be very difficult and stressful. Lots of things can affect your mood and behavior. Your bodies are changing and you are dealing with pressure from friends, family and school. It is important for you to be informed on warning signs, risk factors, and what to do if you or someone you know is at risk for suicide.
Student Gatekeeper Informs students about suicide and what they can do to help themselves and their peers.Student Gatekeeper (Spanish) Informs students about suicide and what they can do to help themselves and their peers.Bulletins and AttachmentsTo access BUL-2637.4 Suicide Prevention, Intervention & Postvention and all associated attachments you must use your single sign-on to log into the eLibrary. Once logged in you will be able to access the documents. eLibrary can be found at https://my.lausd.net/webcenter/portal/LAUSD
*Please note that Chrome and Firefox browsers work best.
Click here for Instructions on Downloading BUL-2637.4 Suicide Prevention, Intervention & Postvention from the eLibrary.Suicide Postvention Resource
Postvention Toolkit for Schools After a Suicide-2nd Edition (New)
LA County Department of Mental Health ACCESS – (800) 854-7771
Valley Coordinated Children’s Services – (818) 708-4500
LA County Department of Mental Health & LAPD Mental Health Unit (MEU), including SMART –(213) 996-1300 (213) 996-1334
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24-hour hotline) – (800) 273-8255
California Youth Crisis Line (24-hours hotline, bilingual) – (800) 843-5200
Trevor Project (24-hour hotline) (866) 4-U-TREVOR
Teen Line (6PM-10PM) – (800) 852-8336
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian & Gays
(PFLAG) Helpline – (888) 735-2488
LA County INFO Line – 211
Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) – (213) 625-6631
School Mental Health – (213) 241-3841
Articles & Additional Reading
Suicide Intervention in Secondary Schools An article for administrators from the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
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For support and consultation, contact School Mental Health Crisis Counseling and Intervention Services (SMH CCIS) at (213) 241-3841 Monday-Friday (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).
After hours, contact the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) at (213) 625-6631.
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333 S. Beaudry Ave. 29th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
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