Train school counselors, social workers, psychologists, and student assistance specialists, August 22, 2016
Updates/Research on Youth Suicide
Suicide Prevention Procedures & Staff Expectations
Suicide Screening Protocol
Train teachers as gatekeepers (identify signs and symptoms, provide care, and refer to professional)
George Mason University, Dr. Christy Esposito-Smythers
Advise on best practices to improve LCPS prevention and intervention
Provide professional development
American Foundation on Suicide Prevention
Augment video training resources
Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia
Grant funding for student led projects on mental health stigma reduction
Regional sharing of resources, such as crisis hotline
Loudoun County Mental Health
Referral procedure improvements to Emergency Services
Student Prevention and Intervention
Continue Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention education for ninth graders.
Expand prevention education to tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders.
Recertify all school-based counselors, psychologists, social workers, and student assistance specialists in suicide screening and follow-up safety planning.
Parent Outreach & Communication
Distribute suicide prevention literature to high school parents.
Improve accessibility and content on the LCPS website on suicide prevention and expand information on LCPS and CSB mental health resources.
Support and partner with schools in promoting awareness and prevention.
Provide parent education on prevention program.
Publicize school and department presentations/events.
Provide links to videos and Public Service Announcements developed by students via PEER Programs.