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

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.

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.

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 the 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 suicidal 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 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.