Suicide is a manifestation of multiple, complex problems of child/adolescent development and adjustment. School personnel are instrumental in helping to save lives by identifying students at risk and linking them to essential school and community mental health resources.
Suicide Prevention in San Mateo County
Each school district is responsible for responding appropriately to a student expressing or exhibiting suicidal ideation or behaviors and for following up in the recovery phase following a completed suicide.
The Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities' Suicide Prevention Toolkit outlines administrative procedures for intervening with suicidal and self-injurious students and offers guidelines to school site crisis teams in the recovery phase following a completed suicide.
School boards and school personnel may choose to implement additional supportive measures to meet the specific needs of individual school communities.
Suicide Prevention Toolkit
The Suicide Prevention Toolkit outlines procedures for intervening with suicidal and self-injurious students and offers guidelines to school site crisis teams following a completed suicide.
Suicide Prevention Poster
Customize this poster, created by Care Solace, to support mental health in your school community. Contact Mary McGrath to request free posters and training on how to identify and respond to students who are at risk of suicide.
San Mateo County Health Resources
San Mateo County Health provides local resources to support those struggling with suicidal thoughts.
Executive Director, Safe and Supportive Schools
Phone: (650) 802-5425