DPI’s Gatekeeper Training Module
An important step in protecting all students from the dangers of suicide is the ability to recognize the warning signs of suicide ideation and take appropriate steps to keep a suicidal student safe. This new, interactive suicide prevention gatekeeper module helps schools and districts train their students and staff. The module takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
This brief module for all adults who work or volunteer in schools teaches a simple and effective skill for suicide prevention: ACT.
A = Acknowledge the signs and symptoms
C = show Care and Concern for the person
T = Tell someone who knows how to intervene (pupil services staff)
In this module, relevant data about youth suicide in Wisconsin is discussed along with risk factors, warning signs, and suggested methods for dealing with suicidal students including ACT: Acknowledge, Care, and Tell. ACT is a central skill taught in an evidence-based youth suicide prevention program called SOS-Signs of Suicide. SOS has been shown to reduce suicidal acts in youth. It is also an important skill for adults to know and be able to do.