AFSP’s programs for teens and young adults cover a variety of different topics that range from educating teens to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression in themselves and others, how suicide-related problems are commonly experience by college students, to providing information and guidance to schools that have been touched by the tragedy of a suicide.
AFSP developed the following programs with this key goal in mind, to help increase the knowledge and understanding of suicidal behavior in youth—its causes, treatment, and prevention.
After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools provides information, tools, and guidance to schools that have been touched by the tragedy of a suicide. The Toolkit covers Crisis Response, Helping Students Cope, Working with the Community, Memorialization, Social Media, Suicide Contagion, and Bringing in Outside Help.
Suicide Shouldn't Be a Secret is a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) aimed at promoting suicide prevention among teens and their parents. They educate about the warning signs of depression in young people, and identify action steps that can be taken to get help for someone who may be suicidal.
The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College is an educational tool designed to achieve several specific goals related to suicide prevention: educate college students and other young adults to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression in themselves and others; convey the destigmatizing notion that depression and other mental illnesses are real illnesses that respond to specific treatments; promote the importance and acceptability of seeking help for a friend or for oneself; and provide information about sources of professional help and ways to self-refer for treatment or assist a peer in getting help.
Four leading organizations have come together to release a Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention. This modular, adaptable document will help educators and school administrators implement comprehensive suicide prevention policies in communities nationwide. When suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth as young as 10 through age-19, it is crucial that our school districts have proactive suicide prevention policies in place.