Education

AFSP Educational Programs

Our efforts to prevent suicide begin with increasing public and professional awareness of suicide as a mental health and public health problem.  Our innovative educational materials help teachers, parents, youth, and community leaders to understand suicide risk factors and warning signs, and support their efforts to assist those at risk for suicide to get the help they need. 

We also collect and disseminate the latest research on suicide causation and prevention to physicians and mental health professionals so that they may more easily recognize and reduce suicide risk. And we work to reduce the stigma that deters so many people from seeking help. 

More Than Sad: Teen Depression [Teen Depression Education]

http://www.morethansad.org/

Summary:

  • The More Than Sad: Teen Depression program educates teens to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression in themselves and others.  The program helps to remove the stigma from depression by understanding it as an illness, promotes the importance and accountability of seeking help, and demystifies the treatment process.
  • The More Than Sad: Teen Depression program is intended for teens between the ages of 14 and 18.  However, it can be useful in educating teachers, counselors, parents and other adults who work closely with adolescents about the problem of depression in teens.  The program is listed in Section III: Adherence to Standards section of the Best Practices Registry (BPR) for Suicide Prevention. 

Tools:

  • The More Than Sad: Teen Depression program includes a 26-minute DVD, which is packaged with a Facilitator’s Guide, which provides educators with: recommendations for showing the film in classrooms or other small group settings; information on teen depression and its treatment; frequently asked questions; and a suggested lesson plan with discussion questions and a short quiz (for evaluating students’ knowledge before and after the presentation).
  • Detailed information is available inA Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Chapter Education Programs(forthcoming). Brief video clips from both films used in the program are available online.
  • You may also contact AFSP’s Education Department at education@afsp.org

Cost: $24.99 (chapter price); $49.99 (public price)

More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention Education for Teachers and Other School Personnel [Teacher Education]

http://www.morethansad.org/

Summary:

  • The More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention Education for Teachers and Other School Personnel program teaches those who work in schools about teen suicide and how they can prevent it.  The program has been designed to comply with the requirements for teacher education in many states; the program can also be used as part of the ongoing in-service training related to student mental health.
  • The goals of this educational program are to increase the understanding of the problem of youth suicide, the risk factors that can lead to suicide and the treatment and prevention of suicidal behavior in adolescence. The program seeks to increase the knowledge of the warning signs of youth suicide, so that teachers and other adults who work with teens are better prepared to identify and refer students who may be at risk.
  • The program is also suitable for parents and other adults who care for or work with youth.

Tools:

  • The More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention Education for Teachers and Other School Personnelprogram is built around two 25-minute DVDs: More Than Sad: Preventing Teen Suicide and More Than Sad: Teen Depression.
  • Also included are a 42-page instructional manual for program participants and, slides for teacher trainers, and a quiz to test participants’ knowledge. 
  • Detailed information is available in A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Chapter Education Programs (forthcoming). Brief video clips from both films used in the program are available online
  • You may also contact AFSP’s Education Department at education@afsp.org

Cost: $49.99 (chapter price); $99.99 (public price)

Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College [College Suicide Prevention]

https://www.afsp.org/preventing-suicide/our-prevention-programs/programs-for-teens-and-young-adults/the-truth-about-suicide-real-stories-of-depression-in-college

Summary:

  • The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College is an educational program that shows depression and other suicide-related problems as they are commonly experienced by college students.  The program encourages students to get help for themselves or their friends. It is recommended for use by colleges and universities to integrate suicide prevention into campus activities and services.
  • The Truth about Suicide was designed to be used as an educational tool to achieve several specific goals related to suicide prevention:
    • To educate college students and other young adults to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression in themselves and others; 
    • To convey the destigmatizing notion that depression and other mental illnesses are real illnesses that respond to specific treatments;
    • To promote the importance and acceptability of seeking help for a friend or for oneself; and
    • To provide information about sources of professional help and ways to self-refer for treatment or assist a peer in getting help.

Tools:

  • TheTruth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College program includes a 27-minute DVD packaged with a 23-page Facilitator’s Guide which contains steps and guidelines for showing the film, as well as suggested discussion topics and frequently asked questions.
  • Additional information and brief video clips are available online
  • Detailed information is available in A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Chapter Education Programs(forthcoming).
  • You may also contact AFSP’s Education Department at education@afsp.org

Cost:$1.69 (chapter price); $19.95 (public price)

Involving Families in LGBT Youth Suicide Prevention

Summary:

  • The Involving Families in LGBT Youth Suicide Prevention program is a collaboration between AFSP and the Family Acceptance Project (FAP).  This program includes introducing, presenting and discussing one of a series of videos being produced by FAP, which show ethnically and religiously diverse families’ journeys from struggle to support of their LGBT and gender variant children.  The first video in the series, Always My Son (15 min.), features a Mexican-American family in California; and the second, Families Are Forever (24 min.), shows a Mormon family in Utah.  Additional videos will be available for Chapters' use as they are produced by FAP.   

Tools:

  • The Involving Families in LGBT Youth Suicide Prevention program includes a brief introductory ppt. presentation and a Facilitator Guide with discussion questions. A DVD of the video to be presented can be purchased from FAP at a reduced Chapter rate. 
  • Detailed information is available in A Step-by-Step Chapter Guide to Successful Education Programs(forthcoming).
  • You may also contact AFSP’s Education Department at education@afsp.org

Additional information and a brief video clip will be available on the AFSP website in the fall of 2013

Chapter-Sponsored Conference on LGBT Suicide Risk and Prevention

Summary:

  • The Conference on LGBT Suicide Risk and Prevention is a half-to-full day program to raise awareness about LGBT suicide risk, bring research findings to the attention of professionals and the public, and explore strategies for LGBT suicide prevention in local communities.  Sponsoring the Conference provides an opportunity for chapters to develop relationships with local LGBT organizations and groups, and help educate and involve them in suicide prevention.   

Tools:

  • Detailed information is available in A Step-by-Step Chapter Guide to Successful Education Programs(forthcoming).
  • Because of the scope of this program, close collaboration with AFSP National is advisable.  
  • You may also contact AFSP’s Education Department at education@afsp.org

Cost:Variable, depending on number and location of outside speakers, venue, etc. Costs may be offset by registration fees, donations and special fundraising.

Depression and Bipolar Awareness Day from Diagnosis to Remission

https://www.afsp.org/preventing-suicide/our-prevention-programs/community-programs/depression-and-bipolar-awareness-from-diagnosis-to-remission

Summary:

  • The first in AFSP’s educational series on mental disorders, the Depression and Bipolar Awareness - from Diagnosis to Remission program includes a 60-minute film which features medical experts and a panel of patients and family members talking about their experiences with depression and bipolar disorder, the benefits of treatment, and the recovery process.

Tools:

  • The Depression and Bipolar Awareness - from Diagnosis to Remission program includes a 60-minute DVD
  • Detailed information is available in A Step-by-Step Chapter Guide to Successful Education Programs(forthcoming).
  • Brief video clips are available on the AFSP website
  • You may also contact AFSP’s Education Department at education@afsp.org

Cost: $9.99 (chapter price & public price)

Living with Bipolar Disorder

https://www.afsp.org/preventing-suicide/our-education-and-prevention-programs/community-programs/depression-and-bipolar-awareness-from-diagnosis-to-remission

Summary:

  • The second in AFSP’s educational series on mental disorders, the Living with Bipolar Disorder program includes a 40-minute film that addresses the misinformation that clouds our understanding of bipolar disorder.  It features a review of the illness by a clinical expert, stories as told by three people who have been treated for bipolar disorder as well as the widow of a man who died by suicide who most likely suffered from bipolar, a medical commentary after each story and closing comments.
  • It is intended for those living with bipolar disorder and their families, mental health professionals and students who work or wish to work with people with bipolar disorder, and interested others.

Tools:

  • The Living with Bipolar Disorder program includes a 40-minute DVD.
  • Detailed information is available in A Step-by-Step Chapter Guide to Successful Education Programs(forthcoming).
  • Brief video clip are available on the AFSP website.
  • You may also contact AFSP’s Education Department at education@afsp.org

Cost: $4.99 (chapter price)

Physician and Medical Student Depression and Suicide Prevention

https://www.afsp.org/preventing-suicide/our-prevention-programs/programs-for-professionals/physician-and-medical-student-depression-and-suicide

Summary:

  • Male physicians have a 70% higher suicide rate than males in other professions; female physicians die by suicide at a 400% higher rate than females in other professions.
  • Physicians frequently fail to recognize their own depression and that or their colleagues. Even when they do recognize that they are depressed, many physicians avoid treatment. One tragic result is suicide.
  • Our Physician and Medical Student Depression and Suicide Prevention educational programs which are designed to addresses depression and suicide among physicians.

Struggling in Silence/Out of the Silence:

  • Struggling in Silence: Physician Depression and Suicide includes a 17-minute film featuring interviews with doctors who speak candidly about their battles with depression, and medical experts who discuss the factors that frequently prevent physicians from seeking help. Also featured are families that have been touched by a physician’s suicide.
  • Out of the Silence: Medical Student Depression and Suicidei ncludes a 15-minute film sharing the true story of a medical student’s journey through the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of a mood disorder. Also addressed is the school’s effort to combat suicide among the nation’s next generation of physicians.

Struggling in Silence: Physician Depression and Suicide:

Wyeth and the American College of Psychiatrists joined AFSP in funding a one-hour documentary film as part of an educational campaign to heighten awareness about physician depression and suicide. It was shown on 300 PBS stations during mental health awareness month. This FREDDIE award-winning documentary has been featured on public television stations nationwide.

This documentary is part of an on-going outreach campaign that seeks to educate physicians about depression so that they can better recognize the symptoms in themselves and in their patients.

Tools:

TheStruggling in Silence/Out of the Silenceprogram includes a two-DVD set:

  • Struggling in Silence:Physician Depression andSuicideCommunity Resource–a 17-minute DVD
  • Out of the Silence: Medical Student Depression and Suicide- a 15-minute DVD

Printable resource guides and slide sets for both films are available here.

The Struggling in Silence: Physician Depression and Suicide documentary film program includes a 54-minute DVD. 

Detailed information is available in A Step-by-Step Chapter Guide to Successful Education Programs(forthcoming).

Brief video clips are available here.

You may also contact AFSP’s Education Department at education@afsp.org

Cost: $1.69 and $2.00 respectively (chapter price)

Billboard Program for Depression Awareness

www.PreventSuicideToday.org

Summary:

  • AFSP’s Billboard Program for Depression Awareness alerts communities that depression is serious and urges people who are depressed to consult their doctor.
  • The AFSP billboards offer a website, PreventSuicideToday.org, which contains a health questionnaire and other information about depression.

Tools:

  • For further information contact your assigned Field Staff member

Cost: Refer to Billboard Program Toolkit