Death by suicide is preventable, tragic and impacts school communities (students, staff, parents / guardians) in many profound ways. Sometimes teenagers and staff have delayed reactions. Principals, school social workers, teachers and classified staff request concrete strategies on how to proceed following the death of a student by suicide. People often ask, what to say and what not to say. In the spirit of collaboration, below is a link to a “postvention toolkit.”
School administrators run logistics and communications while counselors offer support to students and reach out to parents and guardians. Please see p. 26 for information about memorials at school.
Suicide is preventable. You’re not alone.