September is Suicide Prevention Month: 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Resources (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline - The 988 Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awarenes
VDOE Introduction to Suicide Prevention - Schools can play a key role in suicide prevention. The task of all professionals involved in and dedicated to the education of children is to help prevent death by suicide whenever possible. When school personnel, families, and communities take an active role in suicide prevention lives can be saved.
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) partnered with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to raise awareness about the Suicide Prevention Month Educational Campaign in September. Virginia educators are asked to explore an electronic toolkit that was developed to house materials related to the campaign. The Recognize. Talk. Act. Suicide Prevention Toolkit includes educational materials and print-ready social media communication templates that schools can use. The goal of this partnership is to raise awareness about the warning signs of suicide, how to access help during a crisis, and lethal means restriction.
Overview of Resources Provided on VDOE's Suicide Prevention Resources Page:
- Suicide Prevention
- Suicide Intervention