Youth suicide is a significant problem which recently has received much attention. With the recent advances in understanding of the causative factors and the parameters of the problem along with the identification of effective intervention strategies, parents and professionals are now able to implement measures that can reduce rates of suicidal behavior in children and youth. These guidelines, which are mandated by the Virginia General Assembly, identify those actions that should be taken by school personnel when they suspect a student is at risk for suicide. A major component of the identified measures focuses on procedures to follow for contacting parents, or if conditions warrant, the local or state service agencies when educators believe a student is in imminent risk for attempting suicide. Guidelines for assessment strategies and related practices such as suicide prevention techniques are covered.
Suicide Prevention Guidelines (VDOE Code of Virginia)