After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools | 52 Option 3 – When the Family Has Requested That the Cause of Death Not Be Disclosed I am so sorry to tell you all that one of our students, [NAME], has died. Our thoughts and sympathies are with [HIS/HER] family and friends. All of the students were given the news of the death by their teacher in [ADVISORY/HOMEROOM] this morning. I have included a copy of the announcement that was read to them. The family has requested that information about the cause of death not be shared at this time. We are aware there have been rumors that this was a suicide death. Since the subject has been raised, we want to take this opportunity to remind our community that suicide, when it does occur, is a very complicated act. 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 or your child is not feeling well in any way to reach out for help. Suicide should not be an option. I am including some information that may be helpful to you in discussing suicide with your child. Members of our Crisis Response Team are available to meet with students individually and in groups today, as well as over the coming days and weeks. Please contact the school office if you feel your child is in need of additional assistance. Note that children who are already vulnerable may be at greater risk due to exposure to the death of a peer. If you or your child needs help right away, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), call 911, or take your child to the nearest crisis center or emergency department. Information about the funeral service will be made available as soon as we have it. If your child wishes to attend, we strongly encourage you to accompany him or her to the service. If the funeral is scheduled during school hours, students who wish to attend will need parental permission to be released from school. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or the school mental health professionals. We can be reached by calling [PHONE NUMBER, EXTENSION]. Sincerely, [PRINCIPAL’S NAME]