Lifelines is a Comprehensive Suicide Awareness and Responsiveness Program for middle schools. This is a whole-school program made up of three unique components: Lifelines: Prevention, Lifelines: Intervention, and Lifelines: Postvention. This trilogy of programs is the only existing model of its kind available for schools. The complete Lifelines Trilogy is based on over 20 years of suicide-in-youth research that indicates an informed community can help to prevent vulnerable teens from ending their lives.
This first part of the Lifelines Trilogy educates students on the facts about suicide and students’ role in suicide prevention. It provides information on where to find suicide prevention resources in the school and community. Training is included for faculty and staff that provide accurate and practical information on identifying and referring students who might be at risk for suicide. Lifelines: A Suicide Prevention Program also includes a presentation for parents that answers questions about youth suicide and prevention, and it involves them in the school’s suicide prevention activities.
Designed for implementation in middle schools and high schools, it targets the whole school community by providing suicide awareness resources for administrators, faculty and staff, parents, and students. It fits easily into health class programming and lesson plans.
The second installment in the Lifelines Trilogy provides information on how to be prepared to address and respond to threats or signs of suicide and intervene – before it’s too late. Lifelines Intervention also provides clear guidance on how best to involve parents and guardians as partners and explains how to gather collateral information about a student’s risk for suicide and address specific topics. Other topics addressed include the challenges presented by bullied students, members of sexual minorities, and students in gifted or special education classes.
The third installment of the Lifelines Trilogy is Lifelines Postvention: Responding to Suicide and Other Traumatic Death. This unique program educates everyone in the school community on how to successfully address and respond to not only suicide, but any type of traumatic death that profoundly affects the school population. With in-depth references and detailed plans, this resource outlines a response strategy that reflects the challenges schools face in dealing with a death within the school community. Also included are references and support materials that allow school leaders to recognize and reduce the risk of suicide contagion behavior within the school.