Goal: This one day training is designed to help school personnel to increase their capacity to intervene when they are concerned that a student may be at risk for suicide. Lifelines Intervention is one component of the comprehensive Lifelines program which also includes Prevention and Postvention. The strategies presented recognize both the resources available and the challenges schools face in dealing with suicide.

Who should attend? School staff members who have a direct role in assessing and responding to students who are at risk for suicide, such as school counselors, nurses, guidance counselors, social workers, and psychologists.

Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the “Tell Me More” structured intervention model
  • Use developmentally appropriate methods for communicating with students
  • Demonstrate strategies for engaging challenging students and parents
  • Develop an effective referral process
  • Identify groups of students at elevated risk
  • Highlight the importance of resilience & protective factors
  • Conduct faculty and staff training and parent education
  • Use the Lifelines Intervention resources found in the manual and on the CD-ROM


8:00 Register

8:15 Welcome, Introductions, and Overview

  • Getting Acquainted
  • Small Group Exercise: Let’s Start at the Beginning
  • 9:15 Lifelines Intervention Overview

    10:00 Break

    10:15 Administrative Foundation

    10:30 The Beginning of the Intervention Process

  • Understanding Suicide
  • Characteristics of Suicide
  • Reviewing Risk Factors and Warning Signs
  • 12:00 Lunch

    12:45 The “Tell Me More” Model

    1:45 Engaging Parents

    2:45 Break

    3:00 Guidelines for Making Referrals

    3:15 Special Populations

  • Recent attempters
  • Gifted students
  • Students involved in bullying
  • Sexual minority students
  • Special education students
  • 3:30 Enhancing Protective Factors & Building Resilience

    3:45 Evaluation & Wrap-up

    4:00 Adjourn