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The Jason Foundation: Keeping More Than Dreams Alive

Training in the Awareness and Prevention of Youth Suicide

Training - Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention

The State Department of Education, in collaboration with The Jason Foundation and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Disabilities, is pleased to offer a “ no cost” web based staff development program.

Educators will benefit from this training because it is the right thing to do, it can help address possible liability issues, it will help you become pro active instead of re active, and because suicide is preventable.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 15 to 24 and the fourth for ages 10 to 14 nationally. According to the 2005 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey in Tennessee, 1 out of 5 youth seriously considered suicide and 1 out of 11 made an attempt. Almost all young people who are contemplating suicide show clear signs before the attempt. If educators are trained to recognize these signs, we have a good chance to identify and help at risk youth.

One suicide changes the school, community and a myriad of family and friends. If teachers, parents and friends are all trained to recognize at risk behavior, we can provide a Triangle of Prevention that could help save lives. The State Department of Education along with The Jason Foundation believes that even the loss of one young life is too many and we must do all we can to prevent this senseless loss. Take this no cost opportunity to arm yourself with the tools and resources to make a difference.

How to access the program.

Click here and you will taken to the online STAFF DEVELOPMENT in service. ( )

The program run time is about 1 and ½ hours and is divided into 8 chapters for your convenience. You may stop and return later as your time permits. At the end of the program, you will be given a short assessment and a Certificate of Completion will be generated to your e-mail address. This is proof of completion of your training.

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