Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among adolescents in our current society, but it is a preventable tragedy that often happens to many families within our communities. This paper offers insight of suicide prevention programs within the current mental health system, and the methods used within each program to educate youth on at risk behaviors and warning signs within their peer groups. The prevention programs will also dissect how school staff are handling sensitive cases of students have attempted suicide or considering suicide. Throughout the research, this paper will look at several current prevention programs like: gatekeeper training like Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), Ask4Help, mental health screenings, and no-suicide contracts. This paper provides a combination of methods and strategies, but it centers around discovering a more efficient way to present suicide prevention programs in the current school mental health system. Determining the most effective program for the individual school mental health system is the main goal of the research.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2019

Senior Project Advisor

Ms. Mary-Elaine Horn

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Human Services

Document Type