COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 36

March 7, 2003

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Suicide Prevention Staff Training for Middle and High Schools

 

To prevent suicide among our students, it is vital for school staff members to recognize the warning signs of a student who is thinking of suicide and to know how to provide appropriate assistance.

 

The Center for Injury and Violence Prevention of the Virginia Department of Health, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Education, is providing staff training on suicide prevention to middle and secondary schools across the Commonwealth. These training sessions are available at no charge and can be conducted at your school or regionally by a certified trainer.

 

Two researched-based suicide prevention models are available:

 

  1. Question, Persuade, Refer (QRP), is a 1-3 hour session suitable for administrators, teachers, and support staff.
  2. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), a more in-depth, two-day training for student assistance staff, school counselors, psychologist, etc., is intended to provide additional risk assessment and crisis intervention skills.

 

Additional information can be obtained by visiting the Suicide Prevention website at http://www.preventsuicideva.org/ or contact Calvin Nunnally, Sr., Suicide Training and Outreach Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health at cnunnally@vdh.state.va.us or (804)225-2360.

 

JLD/SBG/shs

 

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