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.

Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students

School Based Programs

Sources of Strength 

Signs of Suicide

Hope Squad 

SPRC Resources

toolkit to help middle and high schools respond to a student suicide death


The Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey The YRBS is conducted as part of a national effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor health-risk behaviors of the nation's high school students. These behaviors, in turn, result in the most significant causes of both mortality and morbidity during youth and adulthood.

Youth Warning Signs Provides information for youth, health care professionals, parents and caregivers and gatekeepers.

Trends in the Prevalence of Suicide-Related Behaviors National YRBS: 1991-2013  The national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) monitors priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. It is conducted every two years during and provides data representative of 9th through 12th grade students in public and private schools.

Emergency Department Visits for Drug-Related Suicide Attempts Involving Antidepressants More Like to Result in Follow-up Care among Adolescents  from the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, 2012.

National Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention (BPR)  The purpose of the BPR is to identify, review, and disseminate information about best practices that address specific objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Identifying and Preventing Suicide in Post-Sexual Assault Care (Youth Suicide Prevention Program) Presentation featuring data on sexual assault, intimate partner violence and depression as risk factors for youth suicide. Meant for anyone in a caregiving position for youth. 

CAST Program (Coping and Support Training) Consists of twelve, 55-minute sessions facilitated by an adult who works well with at-risk youth and who is trained to implement the CAST program. 

Lifelines Curriculum: A Comprehensive Suicide Awareness and Responsiveness Program for Teens  This is a whole-school program made up of three unique components: Lifelines: Prevention, Lifelines: Intervention, and Lifelines: Postvention.

Reconnecting Youth: A Peer Group Approach to Building Life Skills A school-based prevention program for students ages 14-19 years that teaches skills to build resiliency against risk factors and control early signs of substance abuse and emotional distress. RY targets youth who demonstrate poor school achievement and high potential for school dropout.

A Public Health Approach to Children's Mental Health: A Conceptual Framework, 2010 from the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development.

Suicide screening in schools, primary care and emergency departments  A report from the National Institute of Health (NIH), 2009

Enhancing Pediatric Mental Health Care: Strategies for Preparing a Community a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Mental Health, 2010

Better Support Needed for Suicidal People on the Internet a University of Queensland Australia study, 2009

Clinical Report - The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families from the American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011

Suicide and Bullying an SPRC Issue Brief, 2011

Cyberbullying and Suicide a research summary from the Cyberbullying Research Center, 2010


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. From the SPRC.

Preventing Suicidal Behavior among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth: Developing LGBT Cultural Competence  an agency assessment from the SPRC

Suicide Risk and Prevention for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth from the SPRC, 2008

Support for Transgender Youth is More Important than Ever from

Suicide and American Indian/Alaska Native Youth

American Indian Life Skills Development/Zuni Life Skills Development  A school-based suicide prevention curriculum designed to reduce suicide risk and improve protective factors among American Indian adolescents 14 to 19 years old.

Alcohol and suicide among racial/ethnic populations - 17 States, 2005 - 2006

Suicide and Rural Youth

Preventing Youth Suicide in Rural America: Recommendations to States  from the SPRC, EDC and STIPDA, 2008


Child Death Review Teams 


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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