Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for teenagers and young adults. Although young women attempt suicide more often than young men, men account for nearly three-quarters of suicides. Often, people contemplating suicide will show a marked personality change, increase use of drugs and alcohol, and/or withdraw from family, friends, and activities.

 
Job Corps sees a relatively low number of suicides. However, staff must be diligent in recognizing the warning signs of this highly preventable cause of death.
 
This webpage contains resources to prevent bullying on center, including:
 
  • Core Components for a successful suicide-prevention initiative
  • A six-module suicide prevention training is available in Citrix (see SafetyNet for instructions) for Job Corps staff. This training will teach you all about suicide prevention. After you successfully complete the associated quiz, you will earn a certificate.
  • A Critical Incident Crisis Intervention Plan page.
  • A documents section that contains sample presentations, articles, scenarios, fact sheets, and brochures
  • Web resources for additional information​​ 

 


 

Policy & Directives

Job Corps Policy

Job Corps Directives

PRH Change Notices

Program Instruction

Information Notices 

 

 

Core Components

Every center is responsible for implementing a suicide prevention program that is supported by the Center Director and administration. At a minimum, a successful suicide prevention program should have the following core components:

Planning

  • Conduct focus groups with students/staff about suicide attempts and threats on center and what a center-wide suicide prevention program would look like.
  • Identify potential gatekeepers (staff members in a position to prevent suicide).
  • Develop and adopt center-wide polices regarding responses to suicide attempts and threats and post suicide attempts and suicides.
  • Improve use of SIR system and evaluate suicide attempts and threats.
  • Identify and strengthen current mechanisms used for early identification of applicants and/or students who may need mental health support and/or are at risk for suicidal behavior (e.g. review of ETA 6-53, administration and review of the Social Intake Form (SIF), etc.
  • Improve access to and community linkages with mental health and substance abuse services for referrals.

Training Activities

  • All staff will participate in suicide prevention training.
  • All students will receive training on suicide awareness and prevention.
  • Hold assemblies or dormitory meetings that focus on suicide awareness and prevention designed to stimulate center-wide cultural change that suicide is preventable and encourages help-seeking behavior.
  • Participate in National Suicide Prevention Week (typically in September) with special activities and/or speakers.
  • Contact federal, state, or local agencies for posters and brochures on suicide prevention.

Environmental Activities

  • Reduce access to lethal means of self-harm, including alcohol and drugs through security checks when students leave and return to center.
  • Monitor buildings that may be vacant on center and areas in remote locations on center.
  • Ensure students have access to suicide prevention help lines and/or center staff trained in suicide prevention. 

 

Forms & Documents

Health Education Curriculum

Factsheets and Brochures

 

Training Materials

National Health & Wellness Conference November 2010

Webinars

 

Web Resources

 

 Web Resources

 
  
  
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http://www.suicidology.org/
Provides information and resources for suicide researchers, therapists, prevention specialists, survivors of suicide and anyone in crisis.
  
http://www.afsp.org/
Supports research projects; provides information and education about depression and suicide; promotes professional education; supports programs for suicide survivor treatment, research, and education.
  
http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/preventingsuicide-a.pdf
This printable guide describes the CDC's public health activities and research to prevent suicide.
  
http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/suicide/
Provides general information, scientific information, podcasts, and additional resources.
  
http://www.iasp.info/wspd/index.php
Provides a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis  workers, volunteers and suicide survivors.
  
http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/
The public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
  
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, (800) 273-TALK or (800) 273-8255, is a network of local crisis centers located in communities across the country that are committed to suicide prevention; offers several ready to use and customizable materials for suicide prevention.
  
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2018/suicide-how-you-can-make-a-difference.shtml
Provides 5 action steps for helping someone in emotional pain; facts, warning signs, and resources and downloadable materials.
  
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/operation-reach-out/id478899653?mt=8
This lifesaving app for iPhone and Android was developed by the military to prevent suicide. Recorded videos and menu options help users assess their thinking and reach out for help in crisis.
  
http://www.qprinstitute.com/
Online training which helps gatekeepers learn to prevent suicide.
  
http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Preventing-Suicide-A-Toolkit-for-High-Schools/SMA12-4669?WT.ac=EB_20120622_SMA12-4669
Provides school administrators, principals, mental health professionals, health educators, guidance counselors, nurses, student services coordinators, teachers and others guidelines for identifying teenagers at risk and available resources.
  
https://www.samhsa.gov/suicide
Provides new videos and other resources to help prevent suicide and offer support to those in crisis.
  
http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Quick-Guide-for-Administrators-Based-on-TIP-50/SMA13-4786?WT.mc_id=EB_20140417_SMA13-4786
Equips administrators of substance abuse treatment facilities with a quick guide to implementing programs that address suicide among clients with substance use disorders. Addressing legal and ethical issues, referrals, as well as privacy and confidentiality.
  
http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Quick-Guide-for-Clinicians-Based-on-TIP-50/SMA13-4793?WT.mc_id=EB_20140417_SMA13-4793
Equips clinicians and other service providers a quick reference guide to addressing suicide and suicide prevention in clients with substance use disorders. Covers risk factors and warning signs for suicide, core competencies, and information for administrators and clinical supervisors.
  
http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention/suicide.aspx
Provides fact sheets, FAQs, statistics, and web resources.
  
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/To-Live-To-See-the-Great-Day-That-Dawns-Preventing-Suicide-by-American-Indian-and-Alaska-Native-Youth-and-Young-Adults/SMA10-4480
A guide to support American Indian and Alaska Native communities in developing effective, culturally appropriate suicide prevention plans.
  
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Treatment-for-Suicidal-Ideation-Self-harm-and-Suicide-Attempts-Among-Youth/PEP20-06-01-002
Free and available for download.
  
https://www.sprc.org/populations/aian
Suicide prevention resources related to American Indians and Alaska Natives
  
https://www.sprc.org/populations/asian-pacific-islanders
Suicide prevention resources related to Asian American and Pacific Islanders
  
https://www.sprc.org/populations/blacks-african-americans
Suicide prevention resources related to Blacks and African Americans

  
https://www.sprc.org/populations/hispanics-latinos
Suicide prevention resources related to Hispanics and Latinos 
  
http://www.save.org/
Provides information on suicide and depression, suicide prevention, and coping with loss.
  
http://www.sprc.org/
Provides technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide.
  
https://www.partnershipformaleyouth.org/state-of-health-of-aya-males.html
Free and available for download.
  
http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/suicide-prevention-resources
Provides information for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. A 24-hour a day, 7-day a week helpline is available for young people who are thinking about harming themselves.
  
http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/youthdevelopment/DA2787.html
Provides teens with information on how to help friends who are depressed.
  
http://vetoviolence.org/
Developed by CDC to provide grantees and partners with access to training and tools that focus on the primary prevention of violence (Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, Suicide, and Youth Violence).
  
http://www.youmatter.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Through a blog and social media, You Matter aims to build awareness and trust in the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by providing a safe, online space where young adults can connect with the Lifeline.
  
http://theguide.fmhi.usf.edu/
Provides a framework for schools to assess existing or proposed suicide prevention efforts and provides resources and information to add to or enhance existing programs.