September is #NationalSuicidePreventionMonth


This week—and all month long—we join many groups in observing both #NationalSuicidePreventionWeek and #NationalSuicidePreventionMonth by sharing information about ways we can help to prevent suicide in our families, schools, and communities. We believe that everyone has a role to play in this effort.

Here we explore facts and research about suicide, as well as different ways that we can recognize warning signs of mental distress and know how to begin difficult conversations surrounding these topics. We also share resources from our own work and research at CHHCS about strategies to more sustainably support the mental wellness of children and adolescents within our schools and communities.

If you know someone that is struggling emotionally and needs support, or if you need support yourself, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7, online at or by phone at 1-800-273-8255.



Seize the Awkward

In this online resource, learn about ways to approach difficult, sometimes awkward conversations with friends and peers about mental health. Learn more.

6 Myths About Suicide that Every Educator and Parent Should Know

Learn about some of the common misperceptions about mental illness and suicide and the facts that counter them in this article from NPR. Learn more.

Why Do Adolescents Attempt Suicide?

Read about some of the current research surrounding suicide, and a small study about the motivating factors that may lead to suicide attempts among adolescents. Article comes from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Learn more.

Preventing Suicide: The Role of High School Providers

This information sheet outlines practical steps that mental health providers can take to help prevent suicides. Key facts, practical steps for how to help students, and links to additional resources are provided. Find the guide here.

Preventing Suicide: The Role of High School Teachers

Guidance and resources are given in this information sheet for how suicide prevention fits within the role of a high school teacher. Key facts, practical steps, and links to additional resources for helping students are provided. Find the guide here.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Social Toolkit for Advocates

This toolkit, created by the Jed Foundation, includes example scripts, video resources and graphics for individuals or organizations to share via social media to raise awareness and to know how to begin healthy conversations about mental health and suicide. Find the toolkit here.


Center Resources

[Publication]: Developing a Business Plan for Sustaining School Mental Health Services: Three Success Stories
[Publication]: Improving Access to Children’s Mental Health Care: Lessons from a Study of Eleven States
[Case Study]: Using Communication Strategies to Build and Retain Support for Student Services (Broome County, New York)
View Additional Tools & Resources


Grant Alerts

Afterschool Grants by Youth Service America

Awards to support afterschool programs though youth-led service or service-learning activities. Learn more.

Deadline: October 4, 2019

Garden Grants Program by Whole Kids Foundation

Funding projects to support schools and nonprofit organizations to turn outdoor spaces into educational gardens. Learn more.

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Costco Wholesale Community Grants

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

Project Director (Oakland, CA) at California School-Based Health Alliance

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Programs Assistant (Bethesda, MD) at Bainum Family Foundation

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School, Community, and Home-Based Clinician (Washington, DC) at Wendt Center for Loss and Healing

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Policy Associate, part-time (Chicago, IL) at Healthy Schools Campaign

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Upcoming Meetings

September 1-30, 2019
September 16, 2019 1:00–2:00 PM ET
September 16, 2019 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET
September 17, 2019 3:00 PM ET
September 19, 2019 1:00 PM ET
September 25, 2019 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET
September 26, 2019 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
September 26, 2019 4:00 – 5:30 PM ET

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