A combination of communication, structural, and therapeutic strategies designed to reduce the form, frequency, intensity and duration of current suicidal thoughts, feelings, urges, or actions.

Elements of Suicide Intervention Policy

Procedures and protocols for responding to students at-risk for suicide​ should be developed within schools. Crisis intervention teams are responsible for implementing these procedures and protocols. This includes the following elements:

Best Practices

Follow-up Procedures: Referral

Schools may not have the staff or resources in-house to provide services to all students at-risk for suicide. The role of schools and school crisis intervention is often to connect students at-risk and/or in crisis and their families to the appropriate services in the community. Schools can proactively establish relationships with community agencies prior to a crisis. Schools may benefit from establishing partnerships with services in the community in advance of a crisis.