Youth suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens in the United States, claiming the lives of about 1,800 young people under the age of 20 each year. Over 90 per- cent of youth who die by suicide had at least one psychiatric illness at the time of death; in about half such cases, the psychiatric illness was present, although often unrecognized, for two years or more. Ten percent of high school students report making a suicide plan (YRBS). Because teens spend such a large part of their time in school, teachers, counselors and others who interact regularly with students are in an ideal position to identify those who are at risk for suicide - provided, of course, that they know what to look for.
This course – a train the trainers - is designed to meet the training requirement of the Jason Flatt Act for certified school personnel in South Carolina. Participants will be prepared to train others and receive the necessary tools.
Identify factors related to the problem of youth suicide
Enlist school personnel support in preventing youth suicide
Identify factors that put teens at-risk for suicide as well as treatments and strategies available to decrease the risk
Identify behaviors indicative of high risk students
Explain appropriate crisis response in schools and communities