Suicide Prevention in School

These tips are about suicide awareness and prevention in your school. Learn new skills, info and resources to reach out, get help and give help.

  • It's that time again: back to school! Although exciting, it can also be stressful. Have a plan in case of a crisis.

  • Bullying can cause suicide. Create a zero tolerance culture in your school See Bullying Canada for support.

  • Locate mental health resources in your school now, so you know where they are when you need them.

  • Print this card and carry it in your backpack as a reminder on how to help a friend.

  • Make a list of mental health pros in your school (counsellor, nurse, social worker, etc). Share with all students.

  • Find a suicide prevention training workshop near you to become a mental health asset in your community.

  • Enlist the help of a mental health pro in your school to start a peer support group. Look into suicide prevention training.

  • Find a mental health and suicide prevention advocate / motivational speaker in your area. Get them to speak at your school!

  • Talk about suicide with your friends, openly and without judgement to raise awareness about how to get help.

  • It's World Suicide Prevention Day 2015. Download Passport 4 Living and build your resilience and positive mental health everyday.

  • Put together a #suicideprevention and mental health education day for your school.

  • Know ur limits when helping a friend. You don't have to do it alone. Self care and boundaries are important.

  • Learn the warning signs that a friend might be suicidal so you can get help if needed. 

  • If your friend refuses to get help, they may not be thinking clearly. You may need to call 911 on their behalf.

  • Suicide prevention isn't just about managing crisis. It's also about everyday wellness. Find tips here!

  • Need help but don't know where to call? Try these numbers (Canada, US and beyond).

  • Keep this list of qs on how to talk about suicide with someone you’re worried about.

  • Find out where the safe spaces and support people are in your school and make sure your friends know too. Start with the Guidance dept.

  • Look for people in your classes that seem disengaged or left out and invite them to eat lunch with you, join your group, or grab a coffee.

  • School life can be full of ups and downs. Try tracking your mood to identify patterns or trends day-to-day.

  • Many schools have mental health clubs or healthy school committees. Join up to make a difference and some new friends!

  • You can call a crisis line on behalf of a friend to get some guidance or advice. 

  • Ask your teacher, school social worker or guidance counselor what steps are taken to access services in your school.

  • Look for opportunities to integrate mental health and suicide prevention info into school assignments, projects or presentations.

  • Think of at least one staff person at your school that you like and trust, and make a plan to talk to them if you need help for yourself or a friend.

  • If you are a senior student, get involved with activities that will allow you to mentor younger students as they transition into their new school.

  • Enter the numbers for your local crisis line, poison control and other emergency contacts into your phone in case you need to call in a hurry.

  • Many people who have thoughts of suicide will mention it to someone. If a friend is talking about suicide, take it seriously and seek help.

  • LGBTQ youth are at higher risk of suicide. Learn how to change negative hurtful messages with Aerin The Ally.

  • Being there for a friend can make all the difference. Share these posters with classmates for info on how to support.