This course will cover the scope of schools and suicide prevention. Topics addressed will include the standard areas of warning signs, risk factors, and protective factors for those at risk of suicide within the school setting. The roles of schools in prevention planning for at-risk students and the need for a suicide prevention plan will also be addressed. The course will cover Arkansas’ suicide prevention legislation and the future of suicide prevention within the state. This course will also address the topic of suicide postvention for districts wanting to incorporate postvention care into their policies or protocols. It will also include a step-by-step plan to ensure that those affected are cared for, suggested communication do’s and don’ts, and how to move forward after a suicide incident. Presenter will also provide a template for a comprehensive suicide prevention plan.
Trigger Warnings: May elicit strong emotions for those who have suffered a suicide loss, made a previous attempt, or for districts who have suffered a loss.