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Suicide Prevention

Know the Signs 

Warning signs of suicide may be subtle, but they are there. Learn about various warning signs of suicide, find the words to start the conversation, and discover where to turn for help. 

How to Deal with Suicide 

Pass 741741 on to a friend. You never know who might need Crisis Text Line. Pass it on and tell the people in your life to text HOME to 741741 if they’re ever in crisis. 

Suicide Help Guide

A trusted nonprofit resource guide to mental health and wellness. This resource contains information to support those who are struggling with their mental health.   

Alternatives to Self Harm

If you’re feeling like hurting yourself, check out these activities and strategies you can do instead. 

(Researched from the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescents and Young Adults.)

Feeling Sad or Depressed:

Craving Sensation/ Wanting to Feel:

Feeling Angry:

Feeling Like a Bad Person:

Wanting to Focus:

Download the worksheet for more strategies.

Suicide Prevention Quick Resource Guide

The quick resource guide has all the phone numbers and chat lines available to aid in suicide prevention on one convenient sheet.

Save a Friend: Preventing Teen Suicide  

Tips for Peers from the National Association of School Psychologists will help to recognize when a friend might need help. Suicide rarely happens without warning. As a peer, you may be in the best position to recognize when a friend might need help and help them get it.

Apps and Web-Based Supports

The San Diego County Office of Education lists various apps and web-based supports available for students struggling with their mental health and/or having thoughts of suicide.  

Survivors of Suicide Loss

Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL) reaches out to and supports people who have lost a loved one to suicide. Their goal is to give survivors a place where they can comfortably express themselves and find support, comfort, resources, and hope in a judgment-free environment. SOSL also focuses its efforts on promoting suicide awareness and prevention. Online support groups are available, as well as materials in Spanish. 

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At Altus Schools, we have developed a comprehensive mental health program that consists of several elements designed to support students directly and build staff capacity to create safe and supportive learning environments that are trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and that connect students and families to appropriate resources. Highlights of our mental health program include (1) teachers who are specially trained in suicide screening, trauma-informed practices, human trafficking prevention, and socio-emotional learning; (2) strategic partnerships with community organizations to provide mental health services; (3) a team of school nurses; (4) a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; (5) a Healthy Youth Department that coordinates student webinars and professional learning to support students’ mental health and wellness; (6) student webinars with socio-emotional learning through our Resilience in Students and Education (RISE) series; (7) suicide prevention, intervention and postvention protocols; (8) tools for connecting students and families to information resources; (9) parent/guardian webinars through our Family Learning Series on student mental health, wellness, and community resources; and (10) administration of special programs and coordination of services for identified student groups.