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Youth Suicide Prevention: Student Programs

Youth Suicide Prevention: Student Programs

There are several types of student programs that can benefit students, staff, and the school community. Some student programs are meant for all students or a universal approach, such as classroom curriculum. Other student programs are best delivered in a small group or individual setting, such as skill-building for at-risk students and peer leader programs. The links below contain information about the student programs.


See the SPRC BPR list for evidence-based programs

For more information on student programs see SAMHSA's Preventing Suicide - A Toolkit for High Schools. In addition to accessing the PDF version, schools may also request a hard copy of “Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools.” While the publication is free, shipping charges may apply. This resource, “Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools,” can be ordered by adding it to your cart.

Resources for “13 Reasons Why” Season 2

Season 2 of Netflix’s series 13 Reasons Why debuts May 18, 2018. Below are multiple resources to help students, staff, parents, and families re-address the issues from Season 1 and prepare for Season 2.

Netflix has responded to the outcry that followed Season 1 with a website that features many resources for students who are struggling. This includes the custom message “REASON” to the crisis textline 741741 (typically “HOPELINE”) for free, confidential, 24/7 support and the promotion of 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In addition, a discussion guide has been created that contains an overview of the show, tips for watching Season 2, suggestions for addressing difficult topics with young people, ideas to start the conversation, and resources.

Website resources
Season 1 Discussion Guide

In addition, ASCA has put together a collection of resources to help inform and support students and families:
ASCA Facebook Live 34 minute webinar on preparing for 13 Reasons Why Season 2
ASCA 13 Reasons Why Resources Collection
ASCA 13 Reasons Why 1-pager for school staff and parents
ASCA 13 Reasons Why addressing the issues with a comprehensive school counseling model

Finally, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has put together a compilation of resources complete with a list of educator links.

For questions about this information, contact Gregg Curtis (608) 266-2820