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:
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):
Identify and respond to signs of potential destructive behaviors.
Recognize and respond to potential destructive behaviors.