Preventing suicide through enhancing school capacity to prevent and respond to students at-risk for suicide.

The Hope Policy Academy is an initiative of the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, which seeks to support schools in examining and improving on their current policies regarding suicide prevention and intervention based on best practices and available resources. The inaugural Hope Policy Academy hosted in St. Louis on June 6, 2019 and presented to school stakeholders from across the state. This website is an attempt to connect school stakeholders who are involved in suicide prevention, intervention, and postevention planning and policy development with the best available resources to guide their work. 

This site includes sections on prevention, intervention, and postvention. Each of these sections includes more detailed elements and includes links to connect you with the most helpful and relevant resources to inform the creation and refinement of school policies. Below, you will find more information about the interrelatedness of suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention, as well as tips on how to navigate the site. 

The Cycle of Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention in School Settings


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An overview of important definitions can also be found on the “Important Terms” page

Effective Models

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