As the Suicide Prevention Resource Center put in their recent “Preventing Youth Suicide in Rural America: Recommendations to States”:
“Many adults and youth are likely to encounter a suicidal person at some point in their professional or personal lives, but lack the skills, comfort level, and training to recognize warning signs or respond effectively…a community-wide cadre of trained “gatekeepers” may make a difference.”
A recent attempt to help develop a “cadre of trained “gatekeepers”” in Lake County middle and high schools met with minimal success. The Lake County Suicide Prevention Task Force will continue to push for that with materials developed locally by Dr John Jochem. We will be working with the Regional Office of Education Superintendent’s Office into the next school year in another attempt to get the material to school personnel at all levels.
However, to attempt to reach a tipping point sooner and to offer it to even more individuals who regularly interact with youths who might be suicidal I am sending the links to the material for your review and consideration. These materials are available on the Lake County Coroner website.
Letter to school administrators
Project Safety NET
Feel free to use the materials for education in your organizations, communities of faith, etc and feel free to disseminate them to others who might be interested.
Richard L Keller, MD
Lake County Coroner
Lake County Suicide Prevention Task Force