Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a far more common form of violence involving students than school homicide. In some cases, perpetrators of school shootings felt their actions would lead to their being killed by police, which also could be considered a form of suicide. It is hoped that effective suicide prevention will decrease the occurrence of both self-inflicted suicide and violence by students who believe their acts will result in being killed by others.

  1. Develop a plan that specifies how to identify students at risk, how to handle threats, and what actions to take in the event of a suicide.
  2. Ensure that students have, and are aware of, easy ways to get help, such as access to suicide hotlines, counselors, and written/visual materials.
  3. Educate students, parents/guardians, teachers, and other school personnel on how to identify and get help for troubled students before they become victims of suicide. Include how to get immediate help to prevent or respond to suicide attempts.

 

Following is the Enlarged City School District of Middletown’s policy/procedure for responding to threats by students against themselves: 2005 7540 Students

 

SUBJECT: SUICIDE

The suicide of a student has an extremely disturbing effect on students, school personnel and members of the local community. Unfortunately, there has been a significant increase in the number of adolescents who choose suicide as a way to resolve their problems. According to national statistics, suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people.

 

It is the policy of the Board to enact clear guidelines for prevention, intervention and post-intervention of suicide, reflecting the District’s concern for this serious mental health issue. Accordingly, the Board directs the Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee(s) to incorporate suicide prevention into the curriculum so as to educate students about counseling and other intervention options, without glamorizing suicide.

 

In addition, District personnel who obtain information or make personal observations tending to indicate that a particular student may be having suicidal thoughts are expected to promptly report any such information and/or observations to the District’s counseling staff, who in turn shall in turn notify the student’s parent or guardian and shall make referral, as necessary, to appropriate counseling resources within and outside the District.

 

It is the Board’s further desire to assure that school counselors and other personnel who are involved with suicide prevention and intervention have access to training and professional development regarding this problem. To the greatest extent possible, the Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee(s) shall foster interagency cooperation to enable school personnel to access appropriate resources to address the growing problem of adolescent suicide.

 

The Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee(s) shall establish a District crisis intervention team whose members shall be charged with responsibility for developing a suicide response plan to be deployed in the event that a student who is enrolled in the District attempts suicide or tragically, commits suicide. This response plan will be integrated into the existing school safety plan. The plan will include procedures for intervening to help other students and the school community cope with the aftermath of a student suicide or suicide attempt.

 

Suicide prevention will be incorporated into the curriculum to make students aware of this growing problem. This will be done in a manner so as not to glamorize the situation but to educate students in regard to this policy. The Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee(s) shall be responsible for informing staff of regulations and procedures pertaining to suicide prevention, intervention, and post-intervention.

 

Adopted: 6/2/05

Revised and Approved 12.01.11

 

The Enlarged City School District operates Middie TV which can be accessed through the link on the Middletown School District’s website at www.middletowncityschools.org. Crisis Prevention and Suicide Prevention Hot Lines are advertised regularly during daily operation of this station. During the beginning of each school year, when students are addressed by their respective principals and staff personnel, students are reminded that any personal problems they may can be addressed through conflict resolution, one on one chat sessions, counseling, and other local agencies which are available for assistance.