​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 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. Oft​en, 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:

  • 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
Staff Training Slides

Additional Resources


The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.
Provides information and resources for suicide researchers, therapists, prevention specialists, survivors of suicide and anyone in crisis.
Supports research projects; provides information and education about depression and suicide; promotes professional education; supports programs for suicide survivor treatment, research, and education.
Provides general information, scientific information, podcasts, and additional resources.
Provides a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis  workers, volunteers and suicide survivors.
The public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
Provides 5 action steps for helping someone in emotional pain; facts, warning signs, and resources and downloadable materials.
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.
Online training which helps gatekeepers learn to prevent suicide.
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.
Provides new videos and other resources to help prevent suicide and offer support to those in crisis.
Free and available for download.
Provides fact sheets, FAQs, statistics, and web resources that American Indian and Alaska Native Communities can use to strengthen suicide prevention efforts.
Provides information on suicide and depression, suicide prevention, and coping with loss.
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.
Free and available for download.
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.
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.
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.
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