EDUCATORS ARE ON THE FRONT LINE

It is not just a counselor’s responsibility to intervene when someone is feeling suicidal or depressed—it is the responsibility of any person who recognizes it.

Teachers, school staff and community members often spend as much time with youth as their families or friends. Role models and mentors are found in coaches, teachers, youth group leaders, and counselors. If you recognize andrespond to a youth with suicide thoughts or plans, you could be an important link to their choice to live.

See the following toolkits for more information:

The Role of High School Teachers in Preventing Suicide

The Role of High School Mental Health Providers in Preventing Suicide

After a Suicide – A Toolkit for Schools

Preventing Suicide – A Toolkit for High Schools

Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention (Trevor Project)

How to get involved:

  • Become trained in suicide intervention by attending a Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) or Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). Find out more information about TXT4Life’s upcoming trainings here.
  • Once you are trained, you can feel more confident in identifying and questioning a student or staff member who you think might be suicidal.
  • If your school allows, put up TXT4Life posters in areas where students congregate. The more students see the number, the easier it will be to remember if they need it. Request TXT4Life posters here.
  • Invite a TXT4Life coordinator come to your school to talk to the students about TXT4Life. If your school has already had  this presentation, a coordinator can come give it to the incoming 7th grade, or to teachers and staff.

KNOW THE SIGNS

If you or someone you care about is experiencing any of these signs, text “Life” to 61222*.

Trained, compassionate counselors are ready to help.

If you believe that the person’s life is in imminent danger, call 911.