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2018 Required Notice


Youth Suicide Prevention

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PO Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707-7841  125 South Webster Street, Madison, WI 53703
(608) 266-3390  (800) 441-4563 toll free 
Tony Evers, PhD, State Superintendent

What can you do if you are concerned about a student?
Teachers and other school staff are well-positioned to observe student
behavior and to ACT if there is a suspicion that a student may
consider self-harm. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary
problem; but for kids, their problems can seem endless at this stage. If
we get them through the crisis, there is a 90 percent chance that they
will never attempt suicide.
ACT stands for Acknowledge, Care, and

Acknowledge feelings

rather than minimizing them.

Telling a student to “get over it” or “move on” is not a
realistic outcome when dealing with a person with
  •  “I’m sorry to hear about this. It sounds really hard.”

Show Care and Concern

for the student by taking the next step.

  •  “I’m worried about you. I don’t want anything bad to
happen to you or for you to be hurt.”

Tell a member of your crisis team.

They know how to work with students who have concerns like these.

  •  “Let’s go talk with someone in the counseling office.”
These steps (Acknowledge-Care-Tell) are central components of the
“Signs of Suicide” program (SOS), an evidence-based school-wide
intervention program. SOS kits for middle school and high school are
available through your local CESA. The law mandates schools to
educate students on suicide prevention; see th


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