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After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools

Suicide in a school community is tremendously sad and often unexpected. Faced with students struggling to cope and a community struggling to respond, schools need reliable information, practical tools and pragmatic guidance.

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools was developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, www.afsp.org, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, www.sprc.org -- two of the nation's leading organizations devoted to suicide prevention -- to assist schools in the aftermath of a suicide (or other death) in a school community.

Developed in consultation with national experts, this toolkit, listed in the Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention, is a highly-practical resource for schools facing real-time crises, and is applicable for diverse populations and communities.

It includes general guidelines for action, do's and don'ts, templates and sample materials, and covers topics such as Crisis Response Helping Students Cope, Working with the Community, Memorialization, Social Media, Suicide Contagion and Bringing in Outside Help.

Click here to download After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools .

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