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Multi-Tiered School Suicide Prevention

Multi-Tiered School Suicide Prevention is designed to assist educational leaders in improving upon strategic planning and structural changes toward suicide prevention within a multi-tiered system of support. 

Suicide prevention efforts often include training, programs, and clinical practice, and districts and schools can support these actions through policy-level improvements within the entire system, from the classroom teacher to third-tier specialists. This service assists educators, counselors, school, and district leaders with creating and improving upon the six components of school suicide prevention. 

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What is the MTSS School Suicide Prevention Service?

EDC’s expert-led technical assistance seeks to support school and district teams in improving their systems by creating structural changes in policy and practice through strategic planning, implementation, and sustainability planning. Our team supports schools in aligning existing behavioral and social-emotional efforts across tiers with evidence-informed suicide prevention components.

Six Components
  1. Written protocols for helping students at risk of suicide
  2. Written protocols for response after a suicide
  3. Developing community partnerships to ensure students receive necessary support and services
  4. Identification of youth at-risk for suicide
  5. Promoting protective factors that enhance students’ wellbeing
  6. Engaging key stakeholders, including parents and school leadership, in suicide prevention messaging, planning, and training
Alignment Areas
  • Understanding SEL: Research & Reasoning
  • Ensuring Equitable, Inclusive & Trauma-Informed SEL
  • Implicit SEL Adaptive Practices
  • Explicit SEL Adaptive Practices
  • Peer Sharing & Applying Lessons Learned

Included in Consultation

This service is comprised of: 1) technical assistance and 2) eight community of practice workshops for school-level teams of 10-12 practitioners. Sessions will provide tools for reflection, self-assessment, and action planning. 

Technical Assistance

Teams will work with their technical assistance specialist between sessions to embed these learnings into practice and implement them in the classroom. Technical assistance specialists will work closely with teams to do the following: 

  • Assess needs and conduct an inventory audit on what suicide prevention protocols, programs, and policies are currently in place and are being actively utilized
  • Provide tailored guidance on the 6 major components of school suicide prevention for teams and how to strengthen these components across the planning, implementation, and sustainability phases
  • Provide evidence-based tools and resources to assist teams in each of these phases
  • Provide expert recommendations and guidance for choosing best practice mental health screenings, trainings, programs and/or curricula
  • Provide expert recommendations and guidance for building and sustaining community partnerships to support school suicide prevention
  • Engage in annual on-site visits to observe and engage with each school team
Community of Practice

Teams will work together in several workshops focused on each of the six components.  Each workshop will entail the following: 

  • Peer sharing, knowledge and skill acquisition, and team planning time focused on all six components of school suicide prevention
  • Opportunities to spotlight successes, challenges, and lessons learned from individual teams
  • Trauma-informed SEL practices for all educators and leaders, and trainings on adult wellness and self-care.' Guided action-planning facilitated by EDC subject-matter experts

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