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LCPS Suicide Prevention Plan 2016-2017

Professional Development

  • 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)

 Professional Partnerships

  • 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

  • Inova Loudoun Hospital

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.

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