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close this bookPreventing Suicide: A Resource for Teachers and other School Staff (WHO, 2000, 34 p.)
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View the documentAn underestimated problem
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View the documentRisk factors and risk situations
View the documentHow to identify students in distress and at possible risk of suicide
View the documentHow should suicidal students be managed at school?
View the documentSummary of recommendations
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Summary of recommendations

Suicide is not an incomprehensible bolt from the blue: suicidal students give people around them enough warnings and scope to intervene. In suicide prevention work, teachers and other school staff face a challenge of great strategic importance, in which it is fundamental:

· to identify students with personality disturbances and offer them psychological support;

· to forge closer bonds with young people by talking to them and trying to understand and help;

· to alleviate mental distress;

· to be observant of and trained in the early recognition of suicidal communication whether through verbal statements and/or behavioural changes;

· to help less skilful students with their school work;

· to be observant of truancy;

· to destigmatize mental illness and help to eliminate misuse of alcohol and drugs;

· to refer students for treatment of psychiatric disorders and alcohol and drug abuse;

· to restrict students’ access to means of suicide - toxic and lethal drugs, pesticides, firearms and other weapons, etc.;

· to give teachers and other school personnel on-the-spot access to means of alleviating their stress at work.