Suicide Prevention


Youth suicide is a serious public health issue in Utah, with the state consistently ranking in the top five of the nation with the most significant mental health concerns. From 2011 to 2015, Utah saw a 141% increase in suicides among youth ages 10-17, compared to an increase of 23.5% nationally. Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among Utah youth have also increased. According to the 2017 Utah Youth Risk Behavior Survey, within the past 12 months 24.9% of Utah students reported they felt sad or hopeless, 16% reported they seriously considered attempting suicide, and 7.1% reported attempting suicide at least once.

A community and state-wide emphasis on prevention is needed. Schools play a critical role in suicide prevention for current and future students and need more knowledge about the warning signs of suicide and how to facilitate opportunities to strengthen mental well-being.

Utah Department of Health

Warning Signs

There is Hope and There is Help

Visit for additional resources on how to respond to recognized risk.

Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcListen for:

  • Talk of suicide: "I just want to go to sleep and never wake up. if ____happens, I'll kill myself."
  • Talk of feeling hopeless: "What is the point? Nothing is going to get better."
  • Talk of feeling like a burden to others. "They would be better off without me."

Watch for:

  • Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
  • Isolating themselves from family and friends
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Displaying one or more of the following moods: depression, anxiety, loss of interest, irritability, humiliation, agitation, rage
  • Exhibiting a sudden or unexplained calm or euphoria after a long period of depression
  • Saying goodbyes or tying up loose ends



Suicide Prevention Advisory Meetings

Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcInformation coming soon.


Preventing and Responding to Suicide in Schools

Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcInformation coming soon.

Programs for Youth Protection and Parent Seminars

Utah State Legislature

I. A school district shall offer a seminar for parents of students in the school district that:

  1. is offered at no cost to parents;
  2. begins at or after 6 p.m.
  3. is held in at least one school located in the school district; and
  4. covers the following topics:

a. substance abuse, including illegal drugs and prescription drugs and prevention;
b. bullying;
c. mental health, depression, suicide awareness, and suicide prevention, including education on limiting access to fatal means;
d. internet safety, including pornography addiction; and
e. the School Safety and Crisis Line

II. A school district shall annually offer one parent seminar for each 11,000 students enrolled in the school district. A school district may not be required to offer more than three seminars.

Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcIII. A school district is not required to offer the parent seminar is the local school board determines that the topics described are not of significant interest or value to families in the school district. If a local school board chooses not to offer the parent seminar, the local school board shall notify the Utah State Board of Education and provide reasons why the local school board chose not to offer the parent seminar.

The Utah State Board of Education has developed the following curriculum to support Programs for Youth Protection and Parent Seminars in your school district:


Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcThe following resources may be used to support Parent Seminars.


Learn ways that parents, school staff, and other caring adults can help kids prevent bullying.

Internet Safety and Pornography Addiction

The leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Common empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids' lives.

Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcA non-religious and non-legislative organization that exists to provide individuals the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding pornography by raising awareness on its harmful effects using only science, facts, and personal accounts

Provides online videos and resources for kids, teens, parents and educators, including Internet Safety information that Utah schools need to meet the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requirements.

Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcA statewide service that provides real-time crisis intervention to youth through texting and a confidential tip program.

Mental Health, Depression, Suicide Awareness and Suicide Prevention, Limiting Access to Fatal Means

Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition
Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcIs Your Safety On? Learn about how to recognize a crisis and keep your loved one safe.

Prevent Suicide PA (PSPA)
A guide to help family members recognize the warning signs and risk factors of suicide in order to be able to identify these signs in youth, with information of how to access help.

Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcJordan School District

Substance Abuse

A media and education campaign funded by the Utah Legislature and designed to prevent and reduce underage drinking in Utah by providing parents and guardians with information about the harmful effects of alcohol on the developing teen brain, along with proven skills for preventing underage alcohol use.



Utah State Legislature

H.B.329 provides money for schools to implement evidence-based practices and programs, or emerging best practices and programs, for preventing suicide. It states, "The board shall distribute money under Subsection (5) (a) so that each school that enrolls students in grade 7 [if a middle or junior high school includes grade 6, include grade 6] or a higher grade receives an allocation of at least $500, or a lesser amount per school if the legislative appropriation is not sufficient to provide at least $500 per school."

Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcThe Local Education Agency (LEA) school(s) may use the money to select and implement the evidence-based practices and programs, or emerging best practices and programs, for preventing suicide. The money will be awarded equally to the qualified schools within the LEA for submission of a LEA-wide application. Each school may select the evidence-based practices and programs, or emerging best practices and programs for preventing suicide, that the school would like to implement, with a three-year commitment to prevention. Use of funds shall remain consistent with the Utah Office of Administrative Rules . The funds are to be used specifically to:

  1. strengthen current prevention, intervention or postvention programs, or
  2. purchase prevention, intervention, or postvention curriculum to enhance what is presently being used, or
  3. purchase prevention, intervention or postvention curriculum to start a suicide prevention program.

Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcUtah State Legislature

Passed in April 2017, it provides grant awards for elementary programs:

  1. to foster peer-to-peer suicide prevention, resiliency, and anti-bullying programs in elementary schools, the public education suicide prevention coordinator, described in the Utah State Legislature , subject to legislative appropriations, award grants to elementary schools.
  2. a grant award may not exceed $500 per school per year.
  3. the application for a grant shall contain:

a. a requested award amount;
b. a budget; and
Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcc. narrative plan of the peer-to-peer suicide prevention, resiliency, or antibullying program.


How Schools Can Take Action

The recommends the following action steps for schools:

  • Promote emotional well-being and connectedness among all students.
  • Identify students who may be at risk for suicide and assist them in getting help.
  • Be prepared to respond when a suicide death occurs.

Although there are many other resources available for suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention, these are just a few resources that you might find helpful.

MindWise Innovations
Provides tools to help youth identify the signs and symptoms of depression, suicide, and self-injury in themselves and their peers.

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcThe PREPaRE training curriculum and model outlines the duties of the members of a school safety and crisis team during the four state of a crisis:

  • prevention,
  • preparedness,
  • response, and
  • recovery.

Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcThe PREPaRE curriculum provides foundation knowledge provided by the United States Departments of Education and Homeland Security and also incorporates the incident command structure as outlined by the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcA complied list of commonly asked questions about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, with accompanying resources to help parents, schools, members of the media, and community leaders discuss the series and promote awareness about suicide prevention.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcThis toolkit is designed to assist schools in the aftermath of a suicide (or other death) in the school community.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
This toolkit provides guidance on how to reduce risk among high school students.

Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcInformation about teen suicide and links to many resources for educators, parents, and teens can be found on this website.

Dedicated to the prevention of the "Silent Epidemic" of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
Provides information and resources on suicide prevention for high school teachers.

A leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questions (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Native Americans

The Aspen Institute
Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcAn educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

WERNATIVE: For Native Youth, by Native Youth
Suicide prevention resources and coping strategies for Native American youth.

Indian Health Service: The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcDespite the strengths of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families and communities, suicide remains a devastating and all too frequent event. Complex, interrelated factors contribute to an increased suicide risk among AI/AN people and include mental health disorders, substance abuse, intergenerational trauma, and community-wide issues. Factors that protect AI/AN youth and young adults against suicidal behavior are a sense of belonging to one's culture, a strong tribal/spiritual bond, the opportunity to discuss problems with family or friends, feeling connected to family, and positive emotional health.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcSuicide prevention curriculum geared toward American Indian and Alaska Native Youth and Young Adults


American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

The Sharing Place: Grief Support for Children


Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcUtah Office of Administrative Rules

Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcThe purposes of this rule are:

  1. to provide for collaboration with the Department of Health and Department of Human Services to establish, oversee, and provide model policies, programs for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and training for parents about youth suicide prevention programs;
  2. to require LEAs to have and update youth protection policies; and (3) to direct LEAs to send notice to parents and protect the confidentiality of the required parent notification record regarding bullying and suicide incidents.

Utah State Legislature

  • Provides an overview of grant awards for elementary suicide prevention programs to foster suicide prevention, resiliency, and anti-bullying programs in elementary schools.

Title 53G-9-702: Youth Suicide Prevention Programs Required in Secondary Schools, State Board of Education to Develop Model Programs, Reporting Requirements
Utah State Board of Education School Counseling Programs

Utah State Board of Education Suicide Prevention Media Channel

Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcThe Suicide Prevention YouTube Channel provides supplementary recorded webinars, suicide prevention training, and video resources.


Youth Suicide Prevention Training for Employees


The Utah State Board of Education is committed to training and education that can help school communities build capacity for effective suicide prevention. 

Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcIn accordance with the Utah State Legislature's Administrative Code  “A school district or charter school shall require a licensed employee to complete a minimum of two hours of professional development training on youth suicide prevention every three years.”


Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcSuccessful completion of this course fulfills the two hour professional development on youth suicide training requirement in accordance with:

R277-620: Suicide Prevention Programs
Utah State Board of Education Administrative Rules

Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcOnce you have completed the course, please print out a copy of the training completion certificate for your records.

Course Information


Xem kết quả xổ số miền bắcThis course is comprised of four modules:

  1. Introduction to Suicide in Utah
  2. Background Information on Suicide
  3. Preventing and Responding to Suicide
  4. Postvention as Prevention: How to Respond After a Suicide 

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the scope of the problem of youth suicide in Utah.
  • Build knowledge, attitudes, and skills to help prevent suicide.
  • Demonstrate an increase in knowledge and skills to recognize suicide warning signs in order to intervene with someone at risk for suicide.
  • Understand the legal and ethical considerations when responding to a suicidal crisis including student privacy laws.
  • Identify resources for referral and support.


Living Works Education
A two-day workshop that teaches participants to carry out life-saving interventions for people at risk.

State of Utah Office of the Attorney General
Leave it alone; Educate others; Tell an adult; and Share threats against the school or other students with authorities. Formed in partnership with the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah State Legislature, the Utah Attorney General’s Office developed this program to help teachers and parents teach firearm safety by providing teaching materials and safety guidelines for students and children across the state.

The mission of QPR is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training.

Living Works Education
A half-day workshop that prepares participants to identify those with thoughts of suicide and connect them with life-saving first aid resources.

Mental Health First Aid
Designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.

Media Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL)

Logos and Awareness Ribbons

Download logos, order brochures, and find recommendations to help raise awareness online or cover issues of suicide in the news.

Utah State Board of Education

Never Worry Alone

Never Worry Alone: Preventing and Responding to Youth Suicide (English/Spanish)

Emotional Response Protocol for Elementary and Secondary Grades

Let's Be Brave today for Elementary Grade


Let's Be Brave today for Secondary Grade

Note: Lesson plans are in development.

Suicide Prevention Media Channel

The Suicide Prevention YouTube Channel provides supplementary recorded webinars, suicide prevention training, and video resources.

Suicide Reporting Recommendations

| Reporting on Suicide

American Association of Suicidology (AAS)

Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition

Creating Safety: Preventing Suicides in Utah | Creando Seguridad: Previniendo Suicidio En Utah

Firearm Suicide Prevention

Help is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

If you live in Utah, call the Statewide Crisis Line at 1 (801) 587-3000 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255) | Spanish 1 (888) 628-9454 or dial 911.


Cathy Davis
Education Specialist
Suicide prevention and postvention support; Programs for Youth Protection/Parent Seminar; Suicide Prevention Training for Educators/re-licensing
Phone: (801) 538-7861 | E-mail

Amanda Charlesworth
Support Staff
Phone: (801) 538-7711 | E-mail