FDB-YOUTH Suicide Prevention

Establishment of Youth Suicide Prevention Program

In collaboration with the public education suicide prevention coordinator appointed by the State Board of Education, the District shall implement a youth suicide prevention program for students in secondary grades. This program shall be coordinated with the training programs and initiatives relating to bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, abusive conduct, and retaliation and shall include programs and training to address:

  1. Bullying and cyber-bullying;
  2. Prevention of youth suicide;
  3. Postvention for family, students, and faculty;
    1. A postvention is an intervention conducted after a suicide, largely taking the form of support for the bereaved (family, friends, professionals and peers). Family and friends of the suicide victim may be at increased risk of suicide themselves
  4. Underage drinking of alcohol;
  5. Methods of strengthining the family; and
  6. Methods of strengthening a youth’s relationships in the school and community.

In implementing this program and related training, the District shall refer to and as appropriate make use of the model programs developed by the Department of Health and the state suicide prevention coordinator.

Youth Suicide Prevention Training

Each licensed employee of the District shall complete a minimum of two hours of professional development training on youth suicide prevention every three years, using the training materials adopted by the District.

Utah Code § 53G-9-704 (2018)