AFSP urges that states require regular suicide prevention training for teachers and other school personnel who interact regularly with students so that they may assist vulnerable youth in accessing the services they need.
When possible, AFSP provides educational materials as an option to satisfy training requirements and to address concerns of state and local lawmakers about adding to school budgets.
Children and teens spend significant time in school. Teachers and others who interact with them there daily are in a prime position to recognize the signs of suicide, and to make appropriate referrals. School personnel need effective training to help them build the skills and confidence to identify and assist vulnerable youth in seeking help.
AFSP supports mandated training of all school personnel on understanding of suicide risk, and in building the skills to know when and how to refer students to an appropriate health or mental health professional.