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Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Model Policy Publication

Dear Missouri School District:

Pursuant to Section 170.048, RSMo, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) developed a model policy regarding youth suicide awareness and prevention. This model policy may be adopted by Missouri school districts to meet the requirements of Section 170.048, RSMo which provides as follows:

  1. By July 1, 2018, each district shall adopt a policy for youth suicide awareness and prevention, including plans for how the district will provide for the training and education of its district employees.
  2. Each district's policy shall address, but not be limited to, the following: 
    (1) Strategies that can help identify students who are at possible risk of suicide; 
    (2) Strategies and protocols for helping students at possible risk of suicide; and 
    (3) Protocols for responding to a suicide death.

This model policy is intended to serve as a template for districts in developing suicide prevention policy. Districts are encouraged to adapt and customize the model policy to best address and meet the needs of their school community.