A Beginner's Guide to Preventing Youth Suicide

The "S" Word: The Role of Schools in Preventing Suicide
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Understand how suicide prevention fits with your role as an educator
Recognize and identify students who may be at risk for suicide
Understand the protective factors that may prevent suicides from occurring
Learn skills on how to respond to students who may be at risk for suicide


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Thank you for expressing an interest in The “S” Word: The Role of Schools in Preventing Suicide online course.

The purpose of this course is to provide a practical, step-by-step resource for educators, youth serving organizations, parents, legislators and others concerned about youth suicide. This course will help all learn how to better support the needs of youth and young adults at risk of suicide and/or self-injury. Rather than presenting theories, The “S” Word provides a comprehensive summary of “what works” based on extensive real-life experiences from survivors and experts in the field of suicide prevention.

The training includes a post-test assessment along with six modules featuring suicide loss survivors, attempt survivors, educators, school administrators, emergency responders, faith leaders, students, and local celebrities, as well as prominent experts in the field of self-injury, suicide prevention, postvention and trauma.

Module 1 – Suicide is a preventable public health problem
This module focuses on the role of everyone in identifying and supporting youth who are at risk of suicide.
Running time: 8 minutes and 35 seconds

Module 2 – Suicide prevention is everyone’s business
This module provides examples of how schools and youth-serving organizations can work with mental health and community-based organizations to create a safety net for students who might be at-risk for suicide or other kinds of self-destructive behaviors.
Running time: 9 minutes and 18 seconds

Module 3 – Risk factors, warning signs and protective factors for youth suicide
This module introduces some of the core risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors for youth suicide. This module also provides five scenarios and one self-care scenario which provide detailed suggestions for appropriate interventions for youth and young adults as well as  staff/colleagues that may be at risk for suicide.
Running time: 81 minutes and 23 seconds

Module 4 – Postvention
This module presents compelling examples on how communities can respond to the suicide death of a young person.
Running time: 11 minutes and 55 seconds

Module 5 – Stories of resilience: Journey to hope and healing
This module presents real life stories of resilience, hope and healing.
Running time: 16 minutes and 44 seconds

Module 6 – Suicide prevention resources in Massachusetts
This module provides a comprehensive description of suicide prevention resources in Massachusetts.
Running time: 8 minutes and 14 seconds

Who this course is for:

  • Everyone
  • Youth-serving agencies and organizations

Course content

7 sections12 lectures2h 15m total length
  • Module 1 - Suicide is a preventable public health problem


Brandy Brooks
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Brandy has worked as an adjunct professor and public health professional for more than a decade. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Cornell University and Master's Degrees from Tufts University and Northeastern University. Brandy is also a doctoral candidate at UMass Lowell. She has published and/or presented workshops on suicide and self-inflicted injuries, domestic and sexual violence, bullying, social media, urban and environmental policy, community development and political culture in the United States.

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