When someone attempts suicide it affects so many. As a school, what can you do to help your students after a suicide attempt. Having policies and protocols in place can help take the immediate burden off students, teachers, and counselors. In addition, having resources readily available to students, parents and teachers is imperative.
Following a suicide attempt, the students and faculty can feel a wide range of emotions and having resources available can help. Following are some ways schools can help with local resources.
Work with school mental health professionals and community mental health professionals to arrange for additional counselors on campus immediately following an attempt.
Work with the administration, teachers, and school mental health professionals to identify individuals who may be having particular difficulty, such as family members, close friends, and teammates.
If possible, identify an easily accessible mechanism for students to request support (e.g., be able to request a pass to meet with a counselor or others) throughout the day.
I Matter Colorado provides up to 6 free counseling sessions for all youth in Colorado.
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If you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis, call or text Crisis Hotline 988.