Adolescent Suicide Prevention: Intervention & School Policies

It is becoming an alarming reality that the number of deaths by suicide and attempted suicides is on the rise among adolescents and young people. This practical course provides background information and insight on how to recognize signs and risk factors of mental and/or emotional distress with the intent to prevent and handle suicide-related crises. You will come to recognize your role as an educator and the responsibility schools hold to address students’ safety and wellbeing as well as hear from experts in the field about how to support adolescents who may be at-risk.

In this course, you will:

  • Review information about adolescent suicide, including current data on suicide risk and incidence,
  • Recognize the symptoms of distress in adolescents and the signs that students might be at risk for suicide,
  • Describe practical tips for addressing adolescent suicide in schools, and
  • Identify school-based resources and strategies to prevent suicide and promote compassion and resilience.

Content Warning: This training course contains information, stories, and video content related to completed suicide, self-harm, substance use, and mental illness, particularly in pediatric and adolescent populations. Some portions of this course will contain descriptions of triggers, causes, examples and the lived experiences of people who have experienced these and other issues, traumas, or mental health conditions.

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.