After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools | 54 Crisis Response Team coordinator, assistant coordinator, or other designated crisis team member: • • Discusses how the school will help students cope • • Mentions that more information about bereavement after suicide is available on AFSP’s website • • Shares the handouts Facts about Suicide in Adolescents, Youth Warning Signs and What to Do in a Crisis, and Tips for Talking about Suicide • • Explains risk factors and warning signs • • Reminds parents that help is available for any student who may be struggling with mental health issues or suicidal thoughts or behaviors • • Provides contact information (names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses) for mental health resources at the school and in the community, such as: o o School mental health professionals o o Community mental health agencies o o Emergency psychiatric screening centers o o Children’s mobile response programs o o National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Part 2 – Small Group Meetings (1 hour) • • Ideally, each small group should have no more than 8 to 10 parents. • • Each group should be facilitated by at least two trained mental health professionals. • • Support staff should be available to direct parents to meeting rooms, distribute handouts, and make water and tissues available. • • If possible, additional mental health professionals should be available to meet with parents individually as needed. Some Additional Considerations • • Since some parents may arrive with young children, provide onsite childcare. • • Some students may accompany their parents so provide separate discussion groups for them. • • Media should not be permitted access to the small groups. Arrange for the media spokesperson to meet with any media at a separate location away from parents and children. • • In some cases (e.g., if the death has received a great deal of sensationalized media attention), security may be necessary to assist with traffic flow and media and crowd control.