School Suicide Behavior Procedure

The Suicide Behavior Procedure and Checklist training is specifically designed for school staff including school counselors, administrators, social workers whose job is to intervene when suicide warning signs have been identified in a student.

The training walks through a step by step procedure used when a student is identified as having suicide warning signs including verbal/written statements about suicide.

This training includes the following information based on best practices:

  • Suicide risk assessment using the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)
  • Parent contact and engaging families
  • Talking with families about access to lethal means in the home (*includes a brochure school staff can give to families)
  • Safety planning
  • Accessing crisis services and other mental health resources
  • Follow up with student and family
  • Forms and documentation

Many different organizations were involved in the creation of this procedure, including:

  • Youth Villages
  • Mental Health Cooperative
  • Helen Ross McNabb
  • Tennessee Department of Education
  • Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • American Association of Suicidology

TSPN would like to thank Maury County Public Schools as serving as the pilot for the development and implementation of this procedure.

Note: This is a recommended tool and must be adopted and adapted by the school district to fit the unique needs and structure of each school district.  All use of this Suicide Behavior Procedure Checklist must include recognition of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN). However, alterations are encouraged for catering to area school districts and schools. TSPN highly recommends schools be trained in the use of this document prior to adopting. 

To request this training, please fill out the form here.