Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention

Youth suicide impacts the safety of the school environment. It also affects the school community, diminishing the ability of surviving students to learn and the school’s ability to educate. Suicide and depression awareness and prevention are important Board goals.

This policy includes information about the suicide and depression awareness and prevention program, which includes:

  1. Protocols for administering youth suicide awareness and prevention education to students and staff.
  2. Procedures for methods of suicide prevention with the goal of early identification and referral of students possibly at risk of suicide.
  3. Methods of intervention, including procedures that address an emotional or mental health safety plan for use during the school day and at school-sponsored events for a student identified as being at increased risk of suicide, including those students who: (a) suffer from a mental health disorder; (b) suffer from a substance abuse disorder; (c) engage in self-harm or have previously attempted suicide; (d) reside in an out-of-home placement; (e) are experiencing homelessness; (f) are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ); (g) are bereaved by suicide; or (h) have a medical condition or certain types of disabilities.
  4. Methods of responding to a student or staff suicide or suicide attempt.
  5. Reporting procedures.
  6. A process to incorporate ISBE-recommend resources on youth suicide awareness and prevention programs, including current contact information for such programs in the District’s Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention Program.

Read more: Board Policy 5540: Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention