Resources by Topic: Treatment and Referral

High School

This section contains selected resources on intervention programs, as well as information for health professionals to assist in evaluating patients with suicidal ideation.

Slide Sets and Presentations

The following selection of slide sets and presentations can be downloaded for use by the general public. Please see individual annotations for more information about a particular set of slides and recommended audience.

  1. Harvard School Public Health - Bridge Barriers
    This slide set contains pictures of bridge barriers around the country. In addition, a few slides contain data correlating the installation of bridge barriers to suicide rates. To find this presentation, click on the following link and select Pictures.
    The entire presentation could be shortened or used as is for college or high school level audiences
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  2. Suicide Basics Handout
    Clicking this link will download a handout which describes the problem of depression in adolescents, symptoms, risk factors, ways to determine if a student is depressed, available treatment options and how to access them, and whole school approaches to prevent suicide.
    This is appropriate for high school level educators and parents.
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Publications

  1. The Role of High School Teachers in Preventing Suicide. (2012). Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
    This article, created by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SRPC) discusses the need for suicide prevention in American high schools. In addition, this publication includes tips for high school teachers on how to recognize suicidal risk factors and warning signs, intervene and reach out to students who show signs of suicidal intent, and how to use external resources to prevent suicide.
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Courses and Training Materials

This section includes a variety of material about suicide prevention courses and trainings. For the high school level, selected material consists of workshops and online modules. At the college and graduate levels, there is material on suicide prevention, as well as on related topics, such as risk factors, depression, and mental illness. Also listed are course syllabi from professors who presently include suicide prevention in their courses. The section for care providers is recommended for clinicians and health care providers of all types.

  1. Mental Health First Aid
    Mental Health First Aid offers trainings designed to provide information on depression, mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis, and substance use disorders. Participants will receive instructions on ways to help a person developing a mental health disorder or in a crisis. Local courses are offered throughout the state of Rhode Island, and include regular training classes and train the trainer courses.
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  2. QPR Institute: QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention
    QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, three steps taught during this course that can help prevent suicide. QPR is an emergency response to someone who is in crisis and needs an immediate intervention. Both individuals and organizations can enroll in this training. When the course is completed, participants are prepared to teach QPR to others.
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  3. Teenage Health Teaching Modules
    Produced by the Education Development Center (EDC), Teenage Health Teaching Modules is a comprehensive school health curriculum for grades 6 through 12.
    Appropriate for high school level educators.
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  4. The Trevor Project: Lifeguard Workshop Program
    This program uses a structured, age-appropriate curriculum with trained facilitators to address topics including sexual orientation and gender identity, the impacts of language and behavior on LGBTQ youth and suicide prevention skills in schools. The Trevor Lifeguard Workshop Program is available free of charge to educators and youth service providers in California, New York and Philadelphia. Locations outside of these areas may be accommodated for a nominal fee to cover travel expenses of workshop facilitators. Call 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386).
    Appropriate for high school or college level, focused on issues surrounding LGBT populations.
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Movies and DVDs

This section lists a selection of videos about suicide prevention. Please see individual annotations for more information about a particular video and recommended audience

  1. It Gets Better Project
    Created in September 2010 in response to youth suicide among LGBT population, author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry to inspire hope for young people facing harassment because of their sexual orientation. This website describes the project and includes a YouTube video of Dan Savage and his husband reflecting about their difficulties growing up along with more than 10,000 testimonials of LGBT persons.
    This is appropriate for high school and undergraduate level educators and parents; also recommended for those working with LGBT youth.
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  2. More Than Sad - Preventing Teen Suicide
    This American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) training program helps educators to better understand suicidal behavior in adolescents. It features two films, approximately 25 minutes in length that provide information on the causes of youth suicide, warning signs and steps that they can take to get help for students.
    Appropriate for high school audience.
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  3. Signs of Suicide (Kentucky example video part 1 of 2)
    Using the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Program, the 2-part video is for use with school decision makers regarding the need for school-based suicide prevention/postvention programs and crisis planning. School administrators and staff share their experiences of dealing with the suicides of their students. An overview is given of school-based suicide prevention programs and crisis planning to reduce suicide among middle and high school students, including potential suicide contagion. The video emphasizes the importance of educating staff using gatekeeper programs and screening students with evidence-based programs.
    This video is recommended for high school level educators as well as school officials.
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  4. Signs of Suicide (Kentucky example video part 2 of 2)
    Using the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Program, the 2-part video is for use with school decision makers regarding the need for school-based suicide prevention/postvention programs and crisis planning. School administrators and staff share their experiences of dealing with the suicides of their students. An overview is given of school-based suicide prevention programs and crisis planning to reduce suicide among middle and high school students, including potential suicide contagion. The video emphasizes the importance of educating staff using gatekeeper programs and screening students with evidence-based programs.
    This video is recommended for high school level educators as well as school officials.
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Websites

Below are listed the homepages for national suicide prevention organizations. These websites contain information for targeted as well as general audiences.

  1. ReachOut
    ReachOut is a non-profit organization designed to, “help youth strengthen mental wellness through technology-driven resources and peer support.” The website includes a series of fact sheets written by young adults and mental health professionals intended to educate youth about suicide, including causes of depression and how to help someone who experiencing a mental health crisis.
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  2. Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
    This website provides information on National Depression Screening Day. Users can enter a state to find screening locations. The site also provides information on a variety of mental health disorders that are risk factors for suicide, such as depression, bipolar disorders, generalized anxiety disorders, PTSD, alcohol and eating disorders.
    This is appropriate for all audiences.
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  3. Second Wind Fund
    This is the website of the Second Wind Fund, a unique non-profit organization that works to offer direct treatment services to youths 19 and under at risk for suicide by matching youth to a provider in their local community. They also pay for treatment for those not able to afford it. They are based in Denver, CO and have affiliates throughout Colorado. However, their mission is to expand this program nationally and may have arrangements of contacts outside of Colorado.
    This is recommended for high school level educators and those concerned a young person they know may be at risk for suicide.
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  4. Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
    SPRC supports the nation's mental health infrastructure by providing states, government agencies, private organizations, colleges and universities, and suicide survivor and mental health consumer groups with access to resources that can bolster efforts to develop programs, implement intervention and promote policies to prevent suicide.
    This appropriate for all audiences.
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  5. University of Michigan Depression Center
    The University of Michigan Depression center provides useful information regarding mental health disorders and suicide.
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