Parents/caregivers and students can play a critical role in suicide prevention, both at home and within the school community. Parents and students often turn to the schools for guidance, support and links to the critical resources in their community. Students often want to know how to help a friend they suspect might be thinking of suicide. Should they keep their friends suicide talk a secret or should they tell someone? Parents want to help their child any way they can. How do parents know when their child may be at risk for suicide and where can they turn for help? “When parents/caregivers are educated on suicide they are more likely to identify and respond to warning signs, and can help to create and monitor safe environments for their teens.”1
The Students section includes
- Information on how to help a friend who may be thinking of suicide
- How to talk to someone about suicidal thoughts
- What students can do in their school community to get involved in suicide prevention activities.
The Parents section includes
- Help in understanding signs and symptoms of mental illness and suicide risk
- How parents/caregivers can support their teen
- Information on suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention
1Best Practices in School Based Suicide Prevention: A Comprehensive Approach [pdf]. (2014). Retrieved from: http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/ysp/ [Accessed 26 Oct. 2014].