In September, 2016 the State of California enacted into law the “Pupil Suicide Prevention Policies” requirement, AB2246. This Toolkit has been revised in order to support this law. It is meant to be used as a resource for schools as they implement their Pupil Suicide Prevention Policy. A more interactive web version that extracts resources, forms and tools from the PDF will be available shortly. This is a living document. Information will be updated and added periodically as needed.
The content of the Toolkit is drawn from State and National guidelines and from current research and recommendations regarding youth mental wellness and suicide prevention. The goal is to ensure that California schools can participate fully in their broader community’s effort to prevent youth suicide. Information about what schools can do to promote youth mental wellness before mental health concerns arise, how to recognize and respond to a mental health crisis, and how to support a school community after a suicide loss is included. Enhancements included are Social Emotional Learning, Mindfulness, Transitions, Social Media, Self-Care, Means Restrictions, and FAQs among others.
The Toolkit also supports a school’s primary goal to educate youth because mental wellness is essential to the ability to learn. Many have contributed their considerable knowledge, talent, and time to the development of this document. Their contributions to schools and to youth are greatly appreciated.