Suicide Prevention Efforts
Prevention, Intervention and Post-Intervention
Centinela Valley Union High School District takes student health very seriously. With suicide being an increasing problem across the globe, the District continues to take steps to ensure that students get the help they need. CVUHSD has adopted various practices and created official protocols for responding to students experiencing suicidal ideation. Between onsite staff supports, community-based mental health providers, and county emergency personnel, students are provided specific services and assistance to address varying levels of need. The support also extends to parents and family members, who often are unsure how to best care for the person in distress or respond after an incident.
CVUHSD’s approach is rooted in prevention, assessment and connection. All staff take part in yearly training on the District’s Suicide Prevention and Intervention policies. Staff are provided information and tips to identify red flags, facilitate supportive conversation and guide students to on-site resources. Staff members who are part of the Safety and Crisis Team receive additional training for how to conduct suicide assessments and provide the necessary intervention in order to stabilize a student or coordinate care.
Students are also provided information related to mental health and suicide prevention. Each school site offers a range of services and various platforms for connecting with students. School-wide assemblies, lunch time activities, classroom presentations, workshops and individual/group counseling are some of the ways in which the topic of suicide is addressed. For students experiencing actual suicidal ideation, interventions are provided which take into consideration both risk and protective factors. Each situation is handled delicately with the goal of reducing harm and increasing support to the individual. To learn more about suicide prevention or discuss concerns related to a student, please connect with the School Counselor or School Social Worker at your site. Additional resources (including hotlines and emergency psychiatric services) can be found on the Mental Health Resources page.