Behavioral Health Programs
What Is Lifelines?
Lifelines: A Suicide Prevention Program is a comprehensive suicide prevention program that targets the entire school community, providing suicide awareness material for administrators, faculty and staff, parents, and students. It is an outgrowth of programs initially developed by the authors in the 1980s in response to requests from schools for help in dealing with an increase in suicidal behavior among students. While Lifelines provides basic information about youth suicide, it is primarily directed at helping everyone in the school community recognize when a student is at potential risk of suicide and understand how and where to access help.
The objectives of Lifelines are to increase the likelihood that
Lifelines is a research-based program. It has been identified as a promising program by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and is included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). One of the first school based suicide prevention programs in the country, it has been adapted and changed to reflect both program evaluation and increases in knowledge about youth attitudes toward seeking help.
Lifelines content is grounded in several areas of research related to adolescent suicide prevention. It reflects research that has determined that most suicidal youths confide their concerns more often to peers than to adults, and that some adolescents, particularly males, do not respond to troubled peers in empathic or helpful ways. It also addresses the fact that as few as 25 percent of peer confidants tell an adult about a troubled or suicidal peer, and that school-based adults are often adolescents' last choice as confidants for personal concerns.
What Does the Training Look Like?
There are 4 training options that will help schools and communities implement Lifelines. We train on each individual component and offer a more complete training on the full set of 3 curricula.
Participants in the Lifelines Prevention training will be able to:
Participants in the Lifelines Postvention training will be able to:
Participants in the Lifelines Intervention training will be able to:
For contracted training please contact our training distributor for your state:
Alabama – Youth Suicide Prevention Program
Australia – Willie and McCormick Consulting
Guam – Dept of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
New York - New York BOCES
Pennsylvania – Center for Safe Schools
Vermont, Maine, NH, RI, MA, CT, NM, WA - Vision Training
For all other states please contact Hazelden Publishing at email@example.com or call 800-328-9000, ext. 4460.
Consultation and Technical Assistance
In order to assist schools and communities with implementing Lifelines, consultation and technical assistance is available from Hazelden Publishing on an individual basis. Schools and communities may find it necessary to have an outside consultant review policies and procedures, or trouble-shoot a particularly difficult area of implementation. Consultation may be arranged by contacting Kaylene McElfresh, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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