Suicide Prevention - Finding the Words

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Acknowledge, Care, Tell! Freshmen learn how to ACT to help a friend demonstrating warning signs for depression and suicide in a carefully scaffolded, scripted lesson. Scholars also learn positive coping skills, information about support services available on campus, and practice giving support to a friend in need.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Remind class members to keep all related materials in their Health Smart binders
  • Post the Student Support on Campus and the Positive Coping Skills materials on the classroom wall
  • Have groups research and add information to the wall about support services in the community
  • Coordinate the lesson with a member of the counseling staff and have them note individuals who appear in distress
Classroom Considerations
  • Some learners may be uncomfortable participating in the lesson; therefore, the day before, identify the topic of the lesson and allow those individuals to stay after class to share their concerns with you
  • Class members must have access to devices with internet
  • Requires color copies of the posters
  • Includes suggestions for what to say and what not to say to someone who appears to need help
  • The lesson exit ticket has individuals indicate if they would like to talk to someone right away
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