A 1 DAY Suicide Prevention Program for Schools

Building knowledge and skills to prevent suicide

Lifelines Prevention is primarily directed at helping everyone in the school community recognise when a student is at potential risk of suicide and understand how and where to access help.
The objectives specifically reinforce the goals of the competent school community by increasing the likelihood that these effects will occur:-

– Members of the school community can more readily identify potentially suicidal students, know how to initially respond to them, and know how to rapidly obtain help for them.

– Students who are potentially at risk for suicide are aware of and have immediate access to helping resources and seek such help an an alternative to suicidal actions.

– The program content is devoid of clinical or mental health jargon and presents in formation in language that is accurate and easily understood.

– It does not aim to screen students for suicide risk or address suicidal feelings or behaviours. Instead, classes emphasize help-seeking behaviours and are aimed at students who encounter at-risk peers.

– It targets the whole school community by providing suicide awareness resources fro administrators, staff, parents and students.

– Student sessions, which are 45 minutes long, fit easily into class periods, and content is aligned with the Australian national curriculum, specifically, the General Capabilities and Health and PE (Personal, social and community health strand and focus area of Mental Health and Wellbeing).

– Lifelines Prevention educates students on the facts about suicide and students’ role in suicide prevention.

– It provides information about where to find suicide prevention resources in the school and community.

– Training materials are included for school staff that provide accurate and practical information on identifying and referring students who might be at risk for suicide. It also includes a presentation for parents that answers questions about youth suicide and prevention, and involves them in the school’s suicide prevention activities.

Year 5-6, 7-10 & 11-12

Implementing Lifelines Prevention Program is a proactive approach to addressing suicide prevention with students, staff and parents. The 2018 revised edition uses updated language to reflect today’s best practices and youth culture, and covers years 5-6; 7-10 and 11-12. This program includes video interviews with recent high school graduates in a variety of educational and career paths. Their experiences frame topics in the near future for meaningful responses from Lifelines Prevention participants. Two video segments include, Suicide Risk and Warning Signs, and Practicing the Warm Hand off, in which Lifelines author Maureen Underwood personally coaches adults on vital skills in suicide prevention. Training materials are included for all school staff – teaching and non teaching, that provide accurate and practical information on identifying and referring students who might be at risk for suicide. There is also a presentation for parents, a facilitator guide, a USB containing reproducible materials, two DVD’s.

Read more about the student curriculum here.

What do students learn:

Students participate in a wide variety of social and emotional learning activities, including role play exercises that teach them what to do when faced with a suicidal peer. The lessons feature frank discussion on the warning signs of suicide and an emphasis on seeking adult help. In the process of learning how to help a friend, students who may be suicidal themselves will learn the importance of getting help. This engaging program is written for school settings, but can be easily adapted for any community organisation that serves youth.

T4T (Train the Trainer) TRAINING:

When you attend the T4T you become accredited to implement or roll-out this program in your school, which will include teach and staff presentations, parent awareness evening, and age appropriate student curriculum. Each school is provided with one kit with all the necessary materials, resources and DVD’s, including a 284 page manual with student lesson plans comprehensively set out.

What will participants attending the T4T learn:

– Cite the research behind Lifelines that has proven its effectiveness.

– The role of a “competent and compassionate school community” in preventing, intervening, and responding to suicide.

– The comprehensive components of Lifelines to support the implementation program which includes the presentation for parents and curriculum for students.

– The roles and responsibilities of various staff.

– How to develop the school’s procedures regarding suicide.

– Implement the Lifelines Prevention elements: develop administrative procedures and establish links to the community; conduct staff member training and provide parent education.

– Know how to respond effectively if they become concerned about a student.

– How to inform other school staff and parents about their role in suicide prevention.

– How to train other school staff in suicide awareness skills.

– Be seen as a resource for students and adults who are concerned about suicide.

Who should attend:

Ideally staff from your school who are able to present the school staff and parent presentations and guide teaching staff in the implementation of the student curriculum.

All enquiries or expression of interest can be directed to our senior trainer, Sandra Willie by email or telephone: (07)3117 2455 or email: sandra@suicideprograms.org.au