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There is a real challenge in evaluating programs like gatekeeper training. The first issue is how to define success or impact of the program. Read article here.


Academic decline, or problems in school, may be a sign of depression in some children. Of course, not all problems in school are linked to depression, and not all depressed children have significant problems in school, either.

How Does Depression Interfere With Academic Performance? Read article here.

Developed by Youth Health Connection (YHC), How Not To Keep A Secret (HNTKAS) is a peer leader training program designed to provide education to teens about depression and suicide, increase help-seeking behaviors, and decrease stigma associated with mental illness. The day-long HNTKAS training includes a clinical presentation, the documentary Break Free from Depression, and interactive activities.

Program Objectives
At the end of training, participants will be able to:

  1. State that depression is a treatable illness and that suicide is preventable.
  2. List a minimum of four symptoms of adolescent depression.
  3. List a minimum of three warning signs of suicide.
  4. Identify a minimum of three adults, inside and outside the school setting, with whom they would connect and talk if they are concerned about their own mental health and safety or that of relevant others.

Schools that participate in the How Not To Keep A Secret program should have policies and procedures in place to respond to students who are at risk for depression and suicide. Read more here.

Florida officials say the number of bullying incidents reported to the state are so few that some wonder whether the state’s strong law is not protecting children. Read article here.

Suicide in a school community is tremendously sad, often unexpected, and can leave a school with many uncertainties about what to do next. Faced with students struggling to cope and a community struggling to respond, schools need reliable information, practical tools, and pragmatic guidance.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), two of the nation’s leading suicide prevention organizations, have collaborated to produce this toolkit to assist schools in the aftermath of a suicide (or other death) in the school community. Both organizations have often been contacted by schools in the aftermath of a suicide death. Because neither AFSP nor SPRC have the capacity to provide customized technical assistance in these circumstances, this toolkit was created to help schools determine what to do, when, and how. It is a highly practical resource for schools facing real-time crises. While designed specifically to address the aftermath of suicide, schools will find it useful following other deaths as well. Read more here.

Federal statistics show suicide is the third-leading cause of death among adolescents, with nearly 1,500 suicides among those ages 15 to 19 in 2007, the most recent year for which data were available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That year’s rate of 6.87 suicides per 100,000 for that age group continued a trend down from the 8.04 rate in 1999.

But a series of high-profile suicides across the country last year involving teenagers who were believed to have been victims of online bullying has helped fuel advocates’ push for prevention efforts in schools.

The Jason Foundation is calling for mandatory teacher training throughout the country. Currently, Tennessee, Illinois, Louisiana, and Mississippi require training, said Flatt, the foundation’s president. Others, such as California, have laws encouraging such training. Read article here.

Many school officials react in exactly the wrong ways when one of their students completes suicide. Without the proper knowledge and resources, many school administrators may implement strategies that could actually increase the risk of suicide among students. Read article here.

The Youth Suicide Prevention School-Based Guide is designed to provide accurate, user-friendly information. The Guide is not a program, but a tool that provides a framework for schools to assess their existing or proposed suicide prevention efforts (through a series of checklists) and provides resources and information that school administrators can use to enhance or add to their existing program. Read more here.