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.