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Required and Recommended Student and Staff Training


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Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Once you acknowledge that suicide is as much a risk for your child as not wearing a seat belt while driving or using alcohol or drugs or engaging in risky sexual behavior, you’ve taken the first step in prevention. You talk to your children about these other behaviors which can put them at personal risk, and suicide is no different. It’s something you CAN and SHOULD talk about with your children.

SOURCE: Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

Kansas Resources:

Kansas Suicide and Prevention, Response and Postvention Toolkit

  • Includes downloadable forms.

Universal resources:

- Staff (one hour)


Targeted and intensive resources:


For more information, contact:

Shanna Bigler
Mental Health Education Program Consultant 
Special Education and Title Services
(785) 296-4941

John Calvert
Safety Specialist 
Safe and Secure Schools
(785) 296-7056

Kent Reed
School Counseling Consultant/School Climate/Culture and Integration Specialist
Career, Standards and Assessment Services
(785) 296-8109

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