2013 Fall Institute for Suicide Prevention

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. November 13, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Sponsored by:

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) SC Chapter
  • SC Department of Education (SCDE)
  • SC Department of Mental Health
  • Colonial Life

The AFSP program More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention Education for Teachers and Other School Personnel is featured in the training.  It is one of three suicide awareness and prevention programs approved by the SC Department of Education to meet training requirements of the Jason Flatt Act in the state. The training also addresses the AFSP/SPRC Aftermath of Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools. Both More Than Sad and the Toolkit are listed in the Best Practice Registry of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

2013 Fall Institute for Suicide Prevention flier

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.

Objectives

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