Districts that are more aggressively taking steps to prevent suicide in their schools may engage in a variety of strategies. It is critical that educators and school personnel who are leading these initiatives are fully aware of current safe messaging guidelines. Even with our best intentions, failing to follow these guidelines may have unintended negative consequences.
Participants will be able to summarize best practices for safe messaging about suicide.
Participants will be able to describe how certain practices for reporting and communicating about suicide can increase the risk of suicide contagion.
Participants will be able to locate resources and information about a statewide youth suicide prevention PSA contest for high school students.