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Education and awareness are two of the best tools available to combat suicide losses in our community.  While the YSA site strives to provide our community with quality data and local resources, we know that there is far more information available across the internet than we will ever be able to encapsulate among our pages. That being said, there is also a deep well of misinformation available on this issue and we want to ensure that those who seek to learn more and understand suicide have access to the best resources available. The following printed-materials will provide you with a myriad of resources to learn more about suicide, suicide prevention and suicide post-vention. 

Books
Susan Kuklin

First hand accounts of young people describing their agonizing grief and struggle to understand and cope with the devastation following the suicide of a loved one is designed to help other survivors deal with their own upheaval and prevent other deaths.


Child Survivors of Suicide: A Guidebook for Those Who Care for Them

Rebecca Parkin and Karen Dunne-Maxim

Available through AFSP, this practical guide offers guidance for family members, educators, and others seeking to help young survivors.


No One Saw My Pain: Why Teens Kill Themselves

Andrew Slaby and Lili Frank Garfinkle

This book looks at many examples of adolescent suicide and explores the complex factors that may contribute to it.



Reaching Out After Suicide: What's Helpful and What's Not

Linda H. Kilburn

A clinical hospice social worker and survivor of her daughter's suicide, Kilburn offers practical advice for well-meaning friends and family who want to reach out and be supportive after a suicide, but aren't sure what to do or say.


Supporting Children After a Suicide Loss: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Sarah S. Montgomery and Susan M. Coale

A well researched, thoughtful guide for parents and caregivers who are supporting grieving children and families after a death by suicide.



For a comprehensive list of books, visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website.



Articles

Curriculum


This is a whole-school approach made up of three unique components: Lifelines: Prevention, Lifelines: Intervention, and Lifelines: Postvention. This trilogy of programs is the only existing model of its kind available for teens. The complete Lifelines Trilogy is based on over 20 years of suicide-in-youth research that indicates an informed community can help to prevent vulnerable teens from ending their lives.

For more information, visit http://www.hazelden.org/web/public/lifelines.page.



Schools for Hope is a new curriculum project developed by iFred, the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression. It is based on research that suggests hope is a teachable skill. Their aim is to equip students, educators, and parents with the tools they need to find and maintain hope even during the most trying to times. 

The leading predictor of suicide is hopelessness, so we believe through our positive advocacy we can reduce overall suicide attempts in youth. The focus is on prevention through practical tools and exercises. It is being offered for free in hopes that people around the world benefit from their research and materials.

For more information, visit http://schoolsforhope.org/curriculum/.

Kids at Hope

Kids at Hope's vision is that every child is afforded the belief, guidance and encouragement that creates a sense of hope and optimism, supported by a course of action needed to experience success at life’s four major destinations: Home & Family; Education & Career; Community & Service; and Hobbies & Recreation. Kids at Hope inspires, empowers, and transforms families, youth serving organizations (schools, parks and recreation departments, police and fire departments, etc.) and entire communities to create an environment where all children experience success, NO EXCEPTIONS! Kids at Hope offers multiple trainings for both parens and professionals, ranging from 2.5 hours to 2 days depending on the module.

For more information, visit the Kids at Hope website.




Additional information can be found on related pages on this site under the

"Understanding Suicide" and "How Can I Help?" headers. 

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