Resources for Teen Self Harm & Suicide Prevention in Schools
Teens often suffer in silence by hiding their pain and possible scars behind smiles and clothes. Their mental stability can be fragile, and thoughts of self-harm or suicide can occur without warning. This is why suicide prevention in schools is vital for the wellbeing of young generations.
According to the American College Health Association and the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens between the age of 15-19 in the United States. Many teens have also made an attempt to take their own life that has required medical attention. Teachers and staff members need to know the warning signs in order to help support suicide prevention in schools.
The warning signs of self-harm and suicide
- Changes in personality
- Changes in behavior
- Talking about dying, disappearing, jumping, shooting or any other type of self-harm
- A constant sense of losing hope
- Recent loss of a friend, family member, relationship or a loss of interest in activities or self-esteem
- Low self-esteem, feeling worthless or invisible, guilt, shame and self-hatred
- Fear of losing control
- Isolating themselves from others
- Physical warning signs such as scars, cuts or burns, or wearing long sleeves/pants on a hot day.
The American Psychological Association (APA) lists several other warning signs on their website.
Resources for teen self-harm and suicide prevention in schools
Many organizations and charities provide resources to support those who may be suffering. Here are just a few of them and what they offer:
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – This 24/7, confidential lifeline can be used for free by anyone who is experiencing any kind of distress.
- Crisis Text Line – Offers free, 24/7 support for people dealing with painful emotions that trigger self-harm. It can be used for people in both the US and Canada.
- Teenmentalhealth.org – Offers extensive information on mental health and how prevent teen suicide and self-harm.
- You Matter Suicide Prevention Hotline – Written by teens, this relatable blog includes stories of young people dealing with mental health and wellness problems.
- Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide – Another great resource for suicide prevention in schools.
- Adolescent Self Injury Foundation – A non-profit organization that helps young adults find hope and strength to overcome what they are going through. It also provides resources for parents to identify and prevent teen self-harm.
How can technology help detect at-risk students?
In recent years, technology has helped identify students who are struggling, and, as a result, helped support suicide prevention in schools.
On average, students spend more than 180 days a year at school. That’s almost half a year spent with teachers in the classroom, putting schools in a prime position to detect suicide warning signs and intervene early.
Impero Education Pro can alert school officials about a range of self-harm or suicide-related keywords that students may be typing or accessing online. It allows school leaders support and take swift actions to help vulnerable students before a situation escalates.
To see how Impero can help schools in their battle with suicide prevention, book a demo.