Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools

SAMHSA has a toolkit that is aimed at being part of a nationwide effort to help the one out of every fifteen high school students who attempt suicide each year. The toolkit is called Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools and it helps high schools and school districts to design and implement strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health.

It provides guidelines for school administrators, principals, mental health professionals, health educators, guidance counselors, nurses, student services coordinators, teachers and others for identifying those teenagers who are at risk and it provides resources for taking appropriate actions to provide help.

It provides high schools with useful information on the many federal, state and community programs that are available to help strengthen their suicide prevention efforts, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (link is external) 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.