Youth Suicide Prevention

You can help! Never ignore warning signs of suicide.

It is estimated that four of five suicide victims demonstrated identifiable warning signs before completing suicide. It is essential that school personnel be trained and knowledgeable about warning signs of youth suicide and the process for assisting students who may be considering suicide.

The following resources from the National Association of School Psychologists provide helpful information about warning signs of youth suicide:

Save a Friend: Tips for Teens to Prevent Suicide

Maryland's Voluntary State Curriculum defines what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. The Voluntary State Curriculum content area of Health Education addresses Mental and Emotional Health (Standard 1.0): Students will be able to use mental and emotional health knowledge, skills, and strategies to enhance one's self-concept and one's relationship with others.

Grade 8

Identify and respond to signs of potential destructive behaviors.

a. Identify warning signs of deep depression/suicide.

b. Identify and apply suicide prevention strategies.

High School

Recognize and respond to potential destructive behaviors.

a. Identify and recognize warning signs of depression.

b. Recognize and explain warning signs of suicide.

c. Apply strategies and skills to intervene when signs of depression occur.

d. Demonstrate ability to access information and services to help prevent suicide.


Contact Information


Deborah Nelson, Ph.D., NCSP
Section Chief, School Safety and Climate
Specialist, School Psychological Services
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
deborah.nelson@maryland.gov
410-767-0294 office
410-333-8418 fax

Lynne Muller
Section Chief, Student Services and
School Counseling Specialist
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
lynne.muller@maryland.gov
410-767-3364
410-333-8148 (fax)