Suicide Prevention, Awareness and Response Strategies (S.P.A.R.S.)

Half Day (4 Hour) Session

“The true first responders are the ones already on the scene.”

Suicide Prevention, Awareness and Response Strategies (S.P.A.R.S.)

This presentation is organized for three different groups:

• Students

• Teachers and Counselors

• Parents

All presentations contain variations on these core topics, but are also differentiated for each audience.

 This seminar increases understanding of youth suicide, the risk factors that can lead to suicide, and the prevention of suicidal ideation and behavior. It increases knowledge of warning signs so that peers are better prepared to identify and get help for fellow students who may be at risk.


Did you know?

• Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults.

• 8% of high school students reported having attempted suicide one or more times in previous twelve-month period.

• For every death by suicide at least 6 other people are intimately affected.

• One of the most dangerous things you can do is promise to keep suicidal thoughts a secret?

• That gifted students are in a high-risk category of thoughts and suicide behavior.

• 50% of students receiving D’s and F’s report a feeling of sadness and hopelessness.

• 20% of these students stated that they thought about attempting suicide.

• The most predictive factor for suicide across is having made a previous attempt.


Core Content

The lecture discusses statistics related to suicide attempts and how these can be looked at as opportunities to intervene and save lives. Additionally, information related to suicidal ideation, bullying/cyberbullying, risk factors for teen suicide and warning signs for suicide will be discussed with opportunities for question and answers.

50-Minute Assembly Format

This seminar is designed to be educational, motivational and inspirational to student attendees who may be at risk or know someone who is at risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. One of our themes for this assembly is: “In a society that profits off of self-doubt, learning to appreciate and love others, love life and love yourself is a rebellious act.”

Teacher and Counselor Focused Professional Development (2 Hours)

This professional development format seminar is designed to help faculty and staff become more aware of types of students who may be at risk for suicidal behavior. Response strategies for teachers and counselors are discussed, as well as establishing mitigation plans for at-risk students.

Parent-Focused Seminar (60-90 minutes)

This presentation helps parents to be alert for signs their children are at risk for suicide and advises on strategies for intervention.