The Governing Board of San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) recognizes that suicide is a leading cause of death among youth and the possibility of suicide and suicidal ideation requires vigilant attention from our school staff. As a result, we are responsible for providing an appropriate and timely response in preventing suicidal ideation, attempts, and deaths. We also must work to create safe and nurturing campuses that minimize suicidal ideation in students.
Recognizing this duty, the district has developed a protocol, SDUHSD Suicide Prevention Policy & Procedure to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its students, ensuring adequate supports for students, staff, and families affected by suicide attempts and loss. This policy is based on research and best practices in suicide prevention, and has been adopted with the understanding that suicide prevention activities increase help-seeking behavior, decrease suicide risks, identify those at risk of suicide, and decrease suicidal behaviors. Empirical evidence refutes a common belief that talking about suicide can increase risk or “place the idea in someone’s mind.”
Overall Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention
To ensure the policies regarding suicide prevention are properly adopted, implemented, and updated, the Director of School and Student Services will serve as the suicide prevention point of contact for the District. In addition, each school shall identify at least one staff member to serve as the liaison to the Director responsible for coordinating and implementing suicide prevention activities on their specific campus. Board Policy 5141.52
If you are experiencing a crisis, call 911 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If you or someone that you know needs assistance, please access the below resources.
Student Support Resources
Health Insurance - Check the information on the back of your insurance card for directions to mental health services.