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Suicide Prevention Resources

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For Parents: Not My Kid…What Every Parent Should Know is a video to help parents and other adults communicate with children and identify when a child might need help.

For Educators: Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention is a free online interactive training program that fulfills state-mandated suicide prevention training.

For Teens: www.sptsusa.org offers suicide prevention information and resources.

Kerry IckleberryMs. Kerry Ickleberry
Safe and Healthy Schools Coordinator
Bartlesville High School
918-336-3311 ext. 1196
IckleberryKG@bps-ok.org

    Guidelines for district staff members:

    It is mandatory to take appropriate action if a student makes comments, threatens, or uses any action to threaten suicide.
    • Locate appropriate help immediately.
    • Notify parents immediately. Discuss with parents a course of action.
    • Instruct someone to stay with the suicidal person in a place separate from others and try to keep them calm until professional help arrives.
    • DO NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE!
    • Staff with your Administrator, Counselor, and/or School Psychologist and if appropriate call:
      • Police 911
      • GLMH (Grand Lake Mental Health Center) crisis unit: 1-800-722-3611
      • Mental Health Professional Counselor the student is currently seeing
    • A School Psychologist or GLMH can come out immediately and provide crisis service to determine if a student should be placed inpatient or needs to receive outpatient counseling. A GLMH therapist can see any child in crisis without parental consent or if a parent cannot be reached. They will attempt to contact the guardian and follow up with the family the next day to make sure the student is stable.
    • Notify your Administrator of the situation.
    WAYS TO HELP A SUICIDAL PERSON
    • Be nonjudgmental. Do not debate the issues of suicide.
    • Offer empathy, not sympathy.
    • Do not offer empty words of reassurance.
    • Do not be sworn to secrecy; seek support.
    • Remove available methods of suicide when possible.
    • Encourage the person in crisis to seek professional help.
    • Take action. Know where help is available.
    • Take every suicide threat, comment, or act seriously.
    • At least one person needs to stay with the student, appoint someone to call the parents, someone to call GLMH and or the Police if needed.
    • Have someone document every action you have taken in the circumstances.
    • Make sure parents follow up with the appropriate intervention and if parents refuse to help their student then you need to make a referral to the police department and child welfare.