New Resource Guides School District Policies on Suicide Prevention


“In 2017, suicide was the leading cause of death among young people ages 10-19. It is critically important that school districts have policies and procedures in place to prevent, assess the risk of, intervene, and respond to youth suicidal behavior.”

Preventing suicide requires a holistic approach, encompassing multiple dimensions and levels of participation. In this featured resource, the Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention provides a model for educators and administrators to implement policies and best practices to help protect the health and safety of all students.

The guide, available from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is available here


Additional Resources

Case Study: Upstream Suicide Prevention in Connecticut

Leaders in Connecticut are working to create and implement suicide prevention curricula in elementary schools. This five-minute story describes strategies for helping school staff to more effectively teach children about mental health, life skills development and social connectedness. Learn more.

New Info Brief Shows Most Recent Data on Deaths Among Youth and Young Adults

The suicide rate for persons ages 10–14 nearly tripled from 2007 to 2017. More data and trends are shown in the new data brief, released by The National Center for Health Statistics. Learn more.

Students Can Now Miss School for a ‘Mental Health Day’

In response to increasing rates of youth suicide and mental health challenges, recent legislation in some states have begun providing legal support for students to take a ‘mental health day.’ Learn more.


Center Resources

School-Centered Approaches to Improve Community Health: Lessons from School-Based Health Centers
A Guide to Federal Education Programs That Can Fund K–12 Universal Prevention and Social/Emotional Learning Activities
Partner Build Grow: An Action Guide for Sustaining Child Development and Prevention Approaches

View Additional Tools & Resources


Grant Alerts

Literacy Grants Program | City National Bank

Funding classroom projects that foster creativity and critical thinking in students. (Schools in CA, NV, NY, TN, GA, MN, DC are eligible.) Learn more.

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Grants for Gardens | Annie’s

Providing funding to schools and school-connected nonprofits to build school gardens. Learn more.

Deadline: November 1, 2019

Grants for Grades 6–12 | Toshiba America Grant Foundation

Supports teachers to bring new ideas for STEM learning to life in the classroom. Learn more.

Deadline: November 1, 2019

Advancing State and Urban Maternal and Child Health (MCH) | Health Resources and Services Administration

Purpose is to strengthen state and urban MCH programs’ capacity to deliver services that improve MCH outcomes. Learn more.

Deadline: November 15, 2019

Tribal Behavioral Health Grant | SAMHSA

Program to assist suicide prevention, substance misuse and mental health promotion efforts among American Indian/Alaska Native youth. Learn more.

Deadline: December 10, 2019

The Follett Challenge | Follett

Follett encourages schools and/or districts to share stories about how they are preparing students for life after high school for a chance to win up to $30,000 in Follett products and services. Learn more.

Deadline: December 12, 2019

ALDI Smart Kids | ALDI

ALDI is dedicated to supporting local community organizations that encourage kids to be active in education, physical activity, nutrition, socialization, arts, etc. Learn more.

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Run for Good Grant | Saucony Run for Good Foundation

Aims to keep kids healthy and active. Funding organizations that provide opportunities for kids to build a healthier lifestyle. Learn more.

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Innovative Reading Grant | American Association of School Librarians

Supports the planning and implementation of unique programs for children which motivate and encourage reading Learn more.

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Community Grants | Costco Wholesale

Costco Wholesale engages in charitable efforts across the country by funding programs that focus on supporting children, education, and health and human services. Learn more.

Deadline: Rolling


Please note: The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools does not administer these funding opportunities. Please refer to each organization for further direction and details.



Job Opportunities

Director of Behavior and Social Development | The Burkard School (San Mateo, CA)

Ensure the social-emotional wellbeing and growth of students by overseeing behavioral systems, strategies and curriculum. Learn more.

Non-Formal Education Preschool Teacher | I AM YOU Humanitarian Aid (Chalkida, Greece)

Implement I AM YOU’s preschool program in refugee communities in Greece, while helping to facilitate psychosocial and recreational activities inside the classroom. Learn more.

School-Based Behavioral and Mental Health Counselor | Bay Area Community Resources (Richmond, CA)

Provide trauma-informed behavioral and mental health prevention/intervention programs in middle and high schools. Learn more.

Prevention Social Worker/Mental Health Counselor | New Alternatives for Children of NYC (New York City, NY)

Provide casework, social work and clinical services to children and families. Learn more.



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