After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools | 21 Schools can be an active partner in this process. The coalition should include senior representation from the school, together with representatives from as many of the following as possible: • • Law enforcement • • Government (e.g., the mayor’s office, medical examiner’s office, and public health department) • • Parents who have demonstrated community leadership in addressing drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, or other related issues • • Mental health community (e.g., community mental health centers, psychiatric screening centers, private practitioners, and substance abuse treatment centers) • • Social service agencies • • Faith community leaders • • Funeral directors • • First responders and hospital emergency department personnel • • Media (as coalition members, not to cover it as a news event) • • Students • • Suicide bereavement support group facilitators • • Primary health care providers and clinics The coalition’s initial goals should include the following tasks: • • Identify a leader or lead agency. • • Identify any particular risk factors within the community, such as widespread drug and alcohol use, bullying, or easy access to means of suicide. • • Mobilize existing mental health and primary care resources to identify and help young people who may be at high risk. • • Mobilize parents to assist in monitoring youth who come to their homes and neighborhoods. • • Reach out to other groups and businesses in the community where youth gather, such as recreation centers, religious organizations, sports leagues, movie theaters, and diners. The coalition should also identify the gaps in existing resources and how to fill those gaps, such as by: • • Appointing a suicide prevention resource coordinator • • Hiring or contracting for additional counseling staff as needed • • Hiring staff to provide screening programs throughout the school district • • Developing alcohol and drug programs for youth • • Developing teen centers where youth can come together and engage in social and recreational activities with caring adults