School Resources

Schools play an important role in youth suicide prevention. Crisis Connections offers three health curricula designed to be taught by classroom teachers or counselors, and appropriate for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Click the links below or scroll down to learn more about each curriculum.

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Riding the Waves

Riding the Waves is developmentally appropriate for 5th grade students and taught by elementary school counselors. Lessons address healthy emotional development, depression, and anxiety. This curriculum’s overarching goal is to build the  emotional  skills  within  children  to prevent suicide at it’s earliest stages.

Each of the 12 short (20-40 minutes) lessons in Riding the Waves includes interactive discussions and skill-building activities:

COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES

  • Policies and procedures
  • Skills to identify, explore, and intervene in signs of suicidal thinking
  • Communicating with students’ families about depression and suicide
  • Laws and ethics around confidentiality and reporting
  • How to support youth after a suicide loss

ADDITIONAL CONTENT

Another component to Riding the Waves is a parent education handout, which students will take home to share with parents or guardians. They not only summarize the content of that day’s lesson, but also encourage parents to talk about and practice the new skills with their children.

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LOOK LISTEN LINK

LOOK LISTEN LINK is an evaluated, classroom-based prevention curriculum geared for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. It aims to teach students not only facts about stress, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention, but also practical life skills to help a friend who may be struggling with these issues.

The curriculum consists of four 45-minute lessons, designed for middle school teachers to easily embed in their health, social skills, or family life curricula. Students engage in interactive exercises, classroom discussions, role-play practice and observation:

COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES

  • Lesson 1: Stress & Anxiety
  • Lesson 2: Dealing with Stress & Anxiety
  • Lesson 3: Teen Depression
  • Lesson 4: Suicide Prevention & Skill Practice

A BEST PRACTICE PROGRAM

LOOK LISTEN LINK is considered best practice in the field of suicide prevention. It earned "Best Practice" status from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. This designation is reserved for programs that have been rigorously reviewed and passed federal standards

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H.E.L.P.

H.E.L.P. (Helping Every Living Person) is an evaluated classroom curriculum appropriate for 9th-11th grade students, based on the American Association of Suicidology’s “Guidelines for School-Based Suicide Prevention Programs.”

The curriculum consists of four 45-minute lessons designed for regular classroom teachers to implement using PowerPoint slides.  Topics include stress and healthy coping skills, depression and its impact on teens’ lives, the causes and warning signs of suicide, and skills to intervene with a friend who may be considering suicide. Activities call   for discussion and problem solving, and involve issues  that  students deal with, such as keeping confidences:

COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES

  • Lesson 1: Stress & Anxiety
  • Lesson 2: Dealing with Stress & Anxiety
  • Lesson 3: Teen Depression
  • Lesson 4: Suicide Prevention & Skill Practice

A BEST PRACTICE PROGRAM

H.E.L.P. is considered best practice in the field of suicide prevention. It earned  "Best Practice" status from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. This designation is reserved for programs that have been rigorously reviewed and passed federal standards.

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