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Lifelines National Training Model

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

  • members of the school community can more readily identify potentially suicidal adolescents, know how to initially respond to them, and know how to rapidly obtain help for them
  • troubled adolescents are aware of and have immediate access to helping resources and seek such help as an alternative to suicidal actions

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:

  • give an overview of the comprehensive components of Lifelines
  • cite the research behind Lifelines that has proven its effectiveness
  • implement the Lifelines elements:  develop administrative procedures and establish links to the community; conduct faculty and staff member training and provide parent education.  
  • use the detailed instructor's guide to teach four 45-minute lessons to students on suicide. These lessons prepare students to identify suicidal behavior, respond appropriately, and obtain help for their friends and themselves
  • be seen as a resource for students and adults who are concerned about suicide
  • know how to respond effectively if they become concerned about a student
  • become comfortable with the Lifelines skill-based approach, including role-playing

Participants in the Lifelines Postvention training will be able to:

  • Describe the history and evaluation results of Lifelines Postvention.
  • Clarify the role of the school administrator in postvention.
  • Outline the roles and responsibilities of the crisis team.
  • Help schools develop a process for responding compassionately and appropriately when faced with the death of a student by suicide.  
  • Inform other school staff, students and parents about their role in Postvention.
  • Use the Lifelines Postvention resources found in the manual and on the CD-ROM

Participants in the Lifelines Intervention training will be able to:

  • Describe the "Tell Me More" structured intervention model
  • Use developmentally appropriate methods for communicating with students
  • Demonstrate strategies for engaging challenging students and parents  
  • Develop an effective referral process
  • Identify groups of students at elevated risk
  • Highlight the importance of resilience & protective factors
  • Conduct faculty and staff training and parent education
  • Use the Lifelines Intervention resources found in the manual and on the CD-ROM

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 training@hazeldenbettyford.org 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, kmcelfresh@hazeldenbettyford.org.

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