Why is it important to develop a school prevention policy?
A school suicide prevention policy formally recognizes that the school is committed to student suicide prevention. A districtwide policy increases the likelihood that school suicide prevention programs will be effectively and consistently implemented throughout the entire school system. Without a school policy and support from district-level leaders, school programs are not likely to survive for the long-term. A proactive approach to suicide prevention will only be achieved when a district-level policy is in place. School-based suicide prevention and intervention programs increases significantly when schools have a written suicide policy.