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For Schools

Support and Crisis Resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

Suicide Prevention and Contest Presentation

Classroom Presentation: This presentation provides an overview of suicide prevention basics suitable for youth that can be covered in a class room period.  Information includes information about warning signs and how to help a friend, activities to engage students, information about the Directing Change program and contest, and a storyboarding activity.


Prevention Programs and Resources

Kognito – Oklahoma Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention InitiativeMade possible with funding by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, educators have access to free training simulations. During the simulations they learn to identify and talk with students in distress and connect them with support services.  Conversations address disruptive behavior, anxiety, self-harm, cyberbullying, and thoughts of suicide.  Modules are available for Elementary School, Middle School and High School Educators.

To learn more about Kognito and the different modules that are available read on below.  To access the training simulations:

  1. Visit
  2. Log in or create a new account
  3. When choosing your institution, please type in your school name. If not listed, please type other
  4. Launch your simulation

Additional Trainings available from Kognito:

Friend2Friend is a game-based simulation for adolescents that builds awareness, knowledge, and skills about mental health while reducing stigma. It prepares youth to recognize signs of distress, reach out to a friend they are concerned about, and help identify a trusted adult for support.

Step In, Speak Up! is an interactive role-play simulation for educators that builds understanding and appreciation for the challenges faced by LGBTQ youth, and prepares users to lead real-life conversations with students to curtail harassment and support those who may be struggling as a result of bullying or isolation.

Virtual Training Simulation – Tribal Youth Program: Includes trauma-informed policing with tribal youth for law enforcement professionals to learn how to lead positive police-youth interactions. Also includes simulations to help educators learn about mental health and suicide prevention and teaches high school students how to recognize signs of psychological distress and how to motivate their friends to seek help.

Additional 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

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools:  This toolkit is designed to assist schools in the aftermath of a suicide (or other death) in the school community. It is meant to serve as a practical resource for schools facing real-time crises to help them determine what to do, when, and how. The toolkit reflects consensus recommendations developed in consultation with a diverse group of national experts, including school-based personnel, clinicians, researchers, and crisis response professionals. It incorporates relevant existing material and research findings as well as references, templates, and links to additional information and assistance.

Model School District Policy for Suicide Prevention: Reducing the risk of youth suicide requires making positive changes. This modular, adaptable document will help educators and school administrators implement comprehensive suicide prevention policies in communities nationwide. This model policy was created in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American School Counselor Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists.

Lifelines Curriculum: Lifelines, developed for use in schools, is a three-part comprehensive program for youth suicide awareness and prevention that provides a practical, manualized Best Practice and Evidence Based approach. Consistent with both the mission and mandates of the school culture, the Lifelines Trilogy™ is driven by the development needs of elementary, middle and high school students through proven models for Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention. For more information contact Julie Geddes at

Colleges and Universities (students and professionals)

Postvention: A Guide For Response to Suicide on College Campuses: The Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA), a partnership of organizations dedicated to providing leadership to advance college mental health, created this guide as an answer to the imperative need for strategies to help colleges and universities effectively and sensitively respond to campus deaths, should they occur.

ULifeline: An anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention. ULifeline features campus-specific information like counseling center locations and hours, and an anonymous mental health self-evaluator.

Halfof Us: Through online, on-air and live events, the JED Foundation and MTV raise awareness about mental health issues and connect people to the appropriate resources to get help. Half of Us features a library of videos of public service announcements, students and celebrities talking about important issues like prescription drug abuse, depression, student veterans, anxiety and eating disorders.

Love is Louder: Love is Louder was started by the JED Foundation, MTV and Brittany Snow to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone. It is a movement of all types of people who have come together to raise the volume around the message that love and support are louder than any internal or external voice that brings us down. Individuals, communities, schools and organizations have embraced Love is Louder as a way to address with issues like bullying, negative self-image, discrimination, loneliness and depression.

The JED Foundation ( The Jed Foundation’s mission is to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. Listed below are some of the valuable resources available from the JED Foundation:

  • Help a Friend in Need: “Help A Friend In Need” is a community guide for Facebook and Instagram users to help college students and young adults identify potential warning signs that a friend might be in emotional distress and how to find help.
  • Transition Year: The JED Foundation and the American Psychiatric Foundation partnered on an online resource aimed at helping to ensure the smooth, safe and healthy transition of teenagers from high school to college.
  • CampusMHAP: This free resource guide helps college and university professionals develop a comprehensive plan to promote the mental health of their campus communities and support students who are struggling emotionally or distressed.

If you have any questions about the above resources or about suicide prevention on your campus or in your community, please contact us

If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately: 1-800-273-8255This is a free 24-hour hotline.
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