Designing a Suicide Prevention Program

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During Covid-19 school shutdowns, suicide completion rates decreased, but they resurged as schools reopened. Suicide rates were higher during school days and months compared to weekends and breaks. To support struggling students and build successful suicide prevention programs, educators should follow the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s guidelines, which involve creating a comprehensive team with relevant stakeholders, understanding the issue through data analysis, setting specific goals, selecting or developing interventions, and implementing, evaluating, and adjusting the program for effectiveness.