The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the ways in which we serve our students, their families, and our schools and communities. This is also true for suicide prevention. Suicide is the leading cause of death among school-aged children and teens. In addition to facing the reality that more students may be experiencing distress and anxiety due to social isolation, school closures, family stresses due to illness, job loss, housing instability or food scarcity, we are challenged to find creative ways to meet their needs remotely, and direct them to appropriate crisis resources. This is particularly true for students with little or no access to mental health services, students of color, and emerging bilingual and non-English-speaking students.
This presentation will address the following core concepts:
• Suicide risk factors and warning signs.
• Steps for preventing suicide.
• Telehealth tips for working with students who present a suicide risk.
• Available suicide resources for administrators, school counselors and other mental health professionals.
• Efforts to reach students with little access to care.
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