Suicide Prevention and Response

As an educator, your response helps guide and support children and young people who may be thinking about or have been affected by suicide.
Educator talking with a student in classroom

Suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in Australia

As a school, you play a key role in supporting young people who may be thinking about suicide or have been affected by suicide. But suicide can be a confronting issue and it can be difficult for schools to know how to respond.

The Suicide Prevention and Response resources provide clear, practical and reliable guidance and support to assist schools in suicide prevention and response. It provides strategies for supporting students, staff, families and the broader community. Specifically, you can use the information here to:

  • prepare your school community to be ready should a death by suicide occur
  • guide your school on how to support a young person at risk of suicide
  • guide your response to a death by suicide and the subsequent recovery for the school community.

Your Be You Consultant can assist you to work through the required actions to prepare for, respond to or recover from issues related to youth suicide.

Suicide Prevention resources will assist you to include suicide response actions in your planning and what to do if you're worried about someone at risk of suicide.

The Suicide Response Toolkit will assist you if your school has been impacted by a recent suicide. You can contact the Be You team directly to access support.