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Youth Suicide Prevention

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.