Schools can assist in the 'primary prevention' of suicide by providing safe and supportive environments and by working with their communities to develop resilient and healthy young people.
Schools can help young people feel 'connected' with their local communities through relevant and meaningful curriculum that prepares students for the challenges of the future. Through the personal skills curriculum schools are encouraged to promote the development of students' self esteem, coping skills, interpersonal relationships and problem solving skills.
Support staff including guidance officers, school-based youth health nurses, chaplains, behaviour management support staff, school-based police officers, and community education counsellors are available in schools to identify and assist students at risk of developing social, emotional or health problems. Support can be provided on a confidential basis and staff may liaise with health professionals where appropriate.
Many local communities have organised activities, centres or support networks for young people. To find out what is available in your area, ask at the local school, contact your local council or find out more at the 'Headspace' or the 'Youth Beyond Blue' website.