If you are reading this, you are one of many caring advocates working hard to increase awareness and prevent suicide. If you are like me, you might never have been diagnosed with depression or thought seriously of taking your own life.
You are here to learn how to help others. By far the most powerful advice comes from those who have lived experience and are willing to share their stories. They are the ones who have overcome suicidal ideation to survive in the face of death.
Read this story about a tiny red car. It will open your eyes.
A Culture of Caring: A Suicide Prevention Guide for Schools (K-12) was created as a resource for educators who want to know how to get started and what steps to take to create a suicide prevention plan that will work for their schools and districts. It is written from my perspective as a school principal and survivor of suicide loss, not an expert in psychology or counseling. I hope that any teacher, school counselor, psychologist, principal, or district administrator can pick up this book, flip to a chapter, and easily find helpful answers to the questions they are likely to have about what schools can do to prevent suicide.