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Youth Suicide Prevention/Procedures

NSSD Student Suicide Prevention Plan

The District has consulted with state and national suicide prevention organizations, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Willamette Education Service District (WESD) and school-based mental health professionals when developing the plan. To view the NSSD Guide to Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention, & Postvention Procedures, click the link.

The plan includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Procedures relating to suicide prevention, intervention and activities that reduce risk and promote healing after a suicide;
  2. Identification of the school officials responsible for responding to reports of suicidal risk;
  3. A procedure by which a person may request the district to review the actions of a school in responding to suicidal risk;
  4. Methods to address the needs of high-risk groups, including, but not limited to:
    1. Youth bereaved by suicide;
    2. Youth with disabilities, mental illness or substance abuse disorders;
    3. Youth experiencing homelessness or out of home settings, such as foster care; and
    4. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other minority gender identity and sexual orientation, Native American, Black, Latinx, and Asian students.
  5. A description of, and materials for, any training to be provided to employees as part of the plan, which must include:
    1. When and how to refer youth and their families to appropriate mental health services; and
    2. Programs that can be completed through self-review of suitable suicide prevention materials.
  6. Supports that are culturally and linguistically responsive;
  7. Procedures for reentry into a school environment following a hospitalization or behavioral health crisis; and
  8. A process for designating staff to be trained in an evidence-based suicide prevention program.