Information for Schools

  • 13 Reasons Why Talking Points: Netflix released its highly publicized series 13 Reasons Why, an adaptation of the popular 2007 novel of the same name by Jay Asher.  The Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative is pleased to share with you key talking points developed by SAVE and the Jed Foundation in order to help schools have conversations with students about the series. This resource contains appropriate and positive messages which can help students struggling with their own emotional response to this series and affords educators with new opportunities for engaging these youth and providing necessary support and resources.


  • Aevidum’s goal is to create a positive mental health environment, a culture of “I Got Your Back” in schools and communities across the nation by forming Aevidum chapters and by empowering youth. The Aevidum message is delivered creatively through a series of student-generated materials, interactive displays, high-energy assemblies, community events, music, artwork, stories, and PSAs, etc.


  • The Best Practices Registry (BPR) is a collaboration of the Suicide Prevention Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 3.52.22 PMResource Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The BPR contains evidence-based (i.e., based on scientific research) practices for suicide prevention (Section I listings), as well as programs that include (1) guidance and recommendations created by experts or consensus processes (Section II listings); and (2) programs, practices, and policies that have undergone review to assess whether the content is accurate, safe, likely to meet specified objectives, and consistent with standards of program design (Section III listings). A number of education and training programs are listed on the BPR. Because the BPR is updated with new programs regularly, we have elected not to list them all here. However, here are a few to check out.




  • Suicide in Schools: A Practitioners Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention: Utilizing a multi-level systems approach, this book includes step-by-step guidelines for developing crisis teams and prevention programs, assessing and intervening with suicidal youth, and working with families and community organizations during and after a suicidal crisis. (Please note that Dr. Erbacher is on the Executive Committee of PAYSPI and Dr. Singer is on the PAYSPI Advisory Board. No proceeds from the sale of this book go to PAYSPI.)


  • Healthy Minds Network: This network serves as a resource for secondary and higher education administrators, researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and the public. Based at the University of Michigan, HMN is led by a multi-disciplinary team of scholars from public health, education, medicine, psychology, and information sciences, many of whom are affiliated with the University’s Comprehensive Depression Center.




  • Jana Marie Foundation empowers young people, especially young women in their teens, to make positive choices, practice self-respect and maintain healthy relationships by providing opportunities for personal growth and self-expression. Through active community engagement and programs like The Stompers Project® and Candid Conversations video series, JMF works to promote mental health and prevent suicide in schools and communities.


  • The Minding Your Mind Foundation leads initiatives that reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues among adolescents in middle school, high school and college. Their outreach programs enlighten students, families and educators about the warning signs of mental health issues that are so often masked by adolescent behavior. By promoting open dialogue at school and at home, these programs encourage young adults and families to seek the appropriate help.


  • Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide: Started in 2006 by two fathers who had lost teenaged children to suicide. Core values: Passionate commitment to the value of life; belief in the effectiveness of evidence-based suicide prevention strategies; dedication to removing public stigma about suicide; conviction that accurate information and education about suicide can save lives. Includes sections for teens, parents and educators.