Help when we needed it most: how to prepare for and respond to a suspected suicide
A step-by-step guide for schools and colleges to preparing for and responding to an attempted or suspected suicide.
This resource offers practical support and advice for schools and colleges that have been affected by an attempted or suspected suicide. It aims to support staff to help rebuild the wellbeing of the school community and reduce the risk of further suicide.
The guide outlines a whole-school or college approach to addressing suicide, and includes information on designing policies and procedures.
It also covers practical considerations such as media coverage, breaking the news within your setting, and memorials.
The guide also includes advice on supporting staff wellbeing, as well as signposting to further support.
Using this resource
This resource is designed for:
- use by staff in primary, secondary and FE settings
- use by senior staff and leaders