For Schools

 

This page is intended to offer a comprehensive overview of suicide prevention resources for schools. If you have any questions about the above resources or about mental health and suicide prevention on your campus or in your community, please contact Stan Collins: contact us. If you or one of your students or colleagues is in need of emotional support or in crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255.

AB 2246 Resources and Trainings

AB 2246 required all schools that serve pupils in grades 7-12 to implement suicide prevention policies (including prevention, intervention and postvention) by the start of the 2017-18 school year. The Directing Change Team can support California school districts and schools with trainings and one-on-one support with developing or improving existing policies and programs to meet the requirements of this new legislation.

Key Links:

    • CDE Model Policy:  The California Department of Education recently issued their model suicide prevention policy to assist districts in complying with AB2246.  Stan Collins from the Directing Change was part of the workgroup that helped inform the model policy and is available to offer districts and schools technical assistance.
    • Everything You Need to Implement AB 2246:  This guide provides a comprehensive overview of resources to assist schools and districts with implementing the requirements of AB 2246 including staff trainings, accessing data, risk assessment tools, youth engagement programs, postvention planning and general suicide prevention resources.
    • Suicide Prevention: A Toolkit for Schools:  This publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was created to assist high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. It includes tools to implement a multi-faceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students.

 

  • Preparing for Policy Change:  A Hands-on Workshop for Districts:  This full day workshop will familiarize attendees with the requirements for suicide prevention policies established by AB2246, and assist attendees with strategic planning for how to meet the requirements in the areas of staff training, assessment and intervention, postvention and youth engagement. During the workshop attendees will be introduced to the key principles of comprehensive school-based suicide prevention and have a chance to work together in teams to and receive one-on-one support by training facilitators.  The training is for district and school staff including administrators, Student/Pupil Support Services, Counseling and Psychological Service, Child Welfare and Attendance. Participation recommended for 3 to 4 representatives per district.  Recommended for up to 50 people.  Contact Us to request a training.

Resources for Teachers to Help Students with Films

Directing Change PowerPoint Presentation (Download here): This brief presentation is intended to be reviewed by an adult advisor on campus and then shared with students. It is not intended to take the place of a comprehensive suicide prevention or mental health program; instead, it offers a brief overview of suicide prevention and mental health as well as details about the contest.

Classroom Presentation about Suicide PreventionThis PowerPoint presentation can be taught directly to students interested in creating a film about suicide prevention, including films with a focus on culture or animated shorts. This presentation includes examples of winning suicide prevention films, discussion sections about suicide warning signs, and a short storyboarding activity.

Suicide Prevention 101 Prezi PresentationThis suicide prevention 101 presentation is intended to cover the basics of suicide prevention and provide background for films entered into the suicide prevention category.

Educational Videos: The educational videos are films produced by some of the Directing Change Team that discuss various mental health and suicide prevention topics. Its purpose is to provide more information to students and teachers that will help inspire the filmmaking process.

Tips and Resouces for creating a film on your smartphone and/or at home: With most students working on their films at home, here is a list of free filmmaking and editing apps that can be used to create films on a smartphone while at home.

Lesson Plans

Suicide Prevention Lesson Plan Guide: “Recognizing Warning Signs and Offering Help” This lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth and includes optional interactive activities.

Suicide Prevention Lesson Plan PowerPoint Presentation This presentation can be used in conjunction with the above Lesson Plan Guide.

Mental Health PowerPoint Presentation A presentation meant to be an introduction to mental health, and should be supplemented with other activities, lessons, and/or educational videos. Can be used with the Suicide Prevention PowerPoint or on its own. Covers an introduction to mental health, stigma, and content for creating films in the Mental Health Matters, Through the Lens of Culture: Mental Health Matters, and Walk in Our Shoes categories.

Mental Health Lesson Plan: “Mental Illness and Stigma” This lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. We recommend using this lesson if youth are planning on creating a film for the following categories: Mental Health Matters, Through the Lens of Culture: Mental Health Matters, and Walk in Our Shoes (“What is Mental Health” and “Words Matter” subcategories).

Mental Health Lesson Plan: “Language and the Words We Use” This lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. We recommend using this lesson if youth are planning on creating a film for the following categories: Mental Health Matters, Through the Lens of Culture: Mental Health Matters, and Walk in Our Shoes (“What is Mental Health” and “Words Matter” subcategories).

Mental Health Lesson Plan: “Mental Health” This lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. We recommend using this lesson if youth are planning on creating a film for the following categories: Mental Health Matters, Through the Lens of Culture: Mental Health Matters, and Walk in Our Shoes (“What is Mental Health” and “Words Matter” subcategories).

Middle School: Suicide Prevention Lesson Plan: “Superheroes and Purpose” This lesson plan is specifically for middle school students and to help youth create films for the Walk in Our Shoes subcategory “The Superhero in Each of Us,” covering suicide prevention.

Hope & Justice Category Mini Lesson Plans

September Prompt Mini Lesson Plan: “What This Election Means to Me” This lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. What does the 2020 election mean to you? Young people face unique challenges that result in lower participation and voting rates and a lack of representation in our democracy. This lesson plan covers facts about voting and the 2020 Census.

October Prompt Mini Lesson Plan: “Creative Ways to Measure 6 feet Social Distancing” This lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. Youth will learn and discuss why it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from other people and wear a mask and brainstorm creative ways for measuring 6 feet social distancing.

November Prompt Mini Lesson Plan: “My Reason for Wearing a Face Covering” This lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. Youth will learn the facts behind the importance of wearing a face covering and are encouraged to explore their own personal reasons for wearing a face covering to crush the curve to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19 in partnership with Crushing The Curve.

January Prompt Mini Lesson Plan: “My Beautiful Brain” Through a partnership with My Grey Matterz, this lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. Youth will learn about the connection between brain health and our physical, emotional and social well-being, and are encouraged to explore the beauty of their own brain in a creative way.

February Prompt Mini Lesson Plan: “Substance Use and Healthy Coping” Through a partnership with the Trauma Research and Education Foundation (TREF), this lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. Youth will learn about the effect of substance use on the teen brain and how to develop healthy coping techniques when dealing with stress.

February Prompt Mini Lesson Plan: “Self-Esteem” Through a partnership with the Trauma Research and Education Foundation (TREF), this lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth. Youth will discuss the impact of social media on self-concept and ways to promote positive self-esteem.

April Prompt Mini Lesson Plans: “Cannabis Decoded” – Through a partnership with Cannabis Decoded, a Youth Marijuana Education Initiative from the County of San Mateo. The lesson plans provided are a collaboration between Cannabis Decoded and Directing Change. Lesson plans encourage youth to explore factual information about the impacts of cannabis and substance use, so they have the tools they need to make informed decisions that impact their health and futures.

Staff Trainings and Prevention Resources

Staff Trainings (in person)

SafeTALK (Livingsworks)
Registry: SPRC, Best Practice Registry
Cost: Varies (Free-$300)
SafeTALK is a half-day training program that teaches participants to recognize and engage persons who might be having thoughts of suicide and to connect them with community resources trained in suicide intervention. SafeTALK stresses safety while challenging taboos that inhibit open talk about suicide. The ‘safe’ of safeTALK stands for ‘suicide alertness for everyone’. The ‘TALK’ letters stand for the practice actions that one does to help those with thoughts of suicide: Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keep-Safe.
Website: https://www.livingworks.net/programs/safetalk/

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST, Livingworks)
Registry: SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
Cost: Varies ($100-$200)
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.
Website: www.livingworks.net/programs/asist/

SuicideTALK (Livingworks)
Cost: Varies
This discussion based workshop (ranging from 90 minutes to a half a day), SuicideTALK invites all participants—regardless of prior training or experience—to become more aware of suicide prevention opportunities in their community. Dealing openly with the stigma around suicide, this exploration focuses upon the question “Should we talk about suicide?” By looking at this question in several different ways, session members can discover some of the beliefs and ideas about suicide in their communities—and in themselves.
Website: www.livingworks.net/programs/suicidetalk/

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
Registry: SAMH