After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools | 48 Option 2 – When the Cause of Death Is Unconfirmed I am so sorry to tell you all that one of our students, [NAME], has died. The cause of death has not yet been determined. We are aware that there has been some talk that this might have been a suicide death. Rumors may begin to come out, but please don’t spread them. They may turn out to be untrue and can be deeply hurtful and unfair to [NAME] and [HIS/HER] family and friends. I’m going to do my best to give you the most accurate information as soon as I know it. Since the subject has been raised, I do want to take this chance to remind you that suicide, when it does occur, is very complicated. No one single thing causes it. But in many cases, a mental health condition is part of it, and these conditions are treatable. It’s really important if you’re not feeling well in any way to reach out for help. Suicide should not be an option. Each of us will react to [NAME]’s death in our own way, and we need to be respectful of each other. Right now, I’m feeling very sad, and many of you may feel sad too. Others may feel anger or confusion. It’s okay to feel whatever emotions you might be feeling. Some of us may have known [NAME] well, and some of us may not. But either way, we may have strong feelings. You might find it difficult to concentrate on schoolwork for a little while. On the other hand, you might find that focusing on school helps take your mind off what has happened. Either is okay. I want you to know that your teachers and I are here for you. We also have counselors here to help us all understand what happened. If you’d like to talk to one of them, just let me or one of your teachers know, or you can seek out the counselors in [NOTE SPECIFIC LOCATION] between classes or during your lunch. We are all here for you. We are all in this together, and the school staff will do whatever we can to help you get through this.