Well Aware Newsletter

Schools are an important venue for suicide prevention. While Wisconsin law requires schools to educate students about suicide prevention (see Section on DPI Resources) there are many real and perceived barriers to doing so, from fears of litigation to the incredible demands of the many things that schools are being asked to do. In order to address these concerns head on, Mental Health America of Wisconsin (then the Mental Health Association of Wisconsin) partnered with the WI Department of Public Instruction and Point de Vue communications to create a series of newsletters for school administrators, making the case for school-based mental health suicide prevention, addressing concerns and providing examples of best practices. These newsletters can be accessed here and utilized by local communities in their efforts to support school-based suicide prevention.

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Department of Public Instruction Resources

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions has developed a variety of trainings and resources for schools considering implementing suicide prevention activities. These can be found on their website at:

The Role of High School Teachers in Preventing Suicide A fact sheet from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) 2012

Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)Center for Mental Health Services 2012

SOS: Signs of Suicide: A Middle School Program Developed by Screening for Mental Health®, the SOS Middle School Program uses a universal prevention approach to assist in identification of at-risk youth by addressing the issues of depression, suicide, and self-injury.

Suicide Prevention Among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth A free workshop kit to help staff in schools, youth-serving organizations, and suicide prevention programs take action to reduce suicidal behavior among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.