• Suicide Prevention

     Risk Factors:

    • Previous suicide attempt(s)
    • Isolation and aloneness
    • Non-suicidal self-injury (e.g. cutting)
    • Mental illness including depression, conduct disorder, and substance abuse
    • Family stress/dysfunction
    • Family history of suicide
    • Environmental risks, including presence of a firearm in the home
    • Situational crises 

    Warning Signs:

    • Suicidal threats in the form of direct (e.g. "I am going to kill myself") and indirect (e.g. "I wish I could fall asleep and never wake up again") statements
    • Suicide notes and plans (including online postings)
    • Making final arrangements (e.g. giving away prized possessions)
    • Preoccupation with death
    • Changes in behavior, appearance, thoughts, and/or feelings

    Protective Factors:

    • Family and peer support
    • School and community connectedness
    • Healthy problem-solving skills
    • Easy access to effective medical and mental health services

    Resources:

    Information taken from National Association of School Psychologists website: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/preventing-youth-suicide