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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 that all schools follow to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its students in the school setting, 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. Evidence refutes a common belief that talking about suicide can increase risk or place the idea in someone's mind.

All school staff and student ID cards contain the NationalSuicide Prevention Line, crisis text line and site contacts for use in an urgent situation. If you have an urgent/immediate concern about a student, please call 911. If you have non-urgent concerns, please contact the child's school counselor for assistance.

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

Director of School and Student Services
710 Encinitas Blvd. 
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-6491
District and School Contacts
 Canyon Crest Academy 858-350-0253   Bernard Steinberger
 Carmel Valley Middle School  858-481-8221  Deb Byars; Karen Infantino
 Diegueño Middle School  760-944-3717  Laura Martin
 Earl Warren Middle School    858-755-1558  Jessica Craven
 La Costa Canyon High School  760-436-6136  Jaime Garman
 Oak Crest Middle School   760-753-6241  Michelle McNeff
 Pacific Trails Middle School  858-509-1000  Lisa Curry
 San Dieguito Academy High School   760-753-1121  Celeste Barnette
 Sunset High School   760-753-3860  Sara Balderas
 Torrey Pines High School   858-755-0125  Robert Shockney
 SDUHSD District Office                          760-753-6491     Tiffany Hazlewood; Melissa Sage


If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, call 911 or the San Diego Access & Crisis Line 888-724-7240.

  • Behavioral Health Emergency Contact Police/Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) 911
  • Child Protective Services 858-560-2191/800-344-6000
  • Emergency Screening Unit (ESU) 619-421-6900
Know the Signs video - risk factors and warning signs


If you or someone that you know needs further assistance, please access these resources.

Support Resources

Parent & Student Resources

Community-based Resource List