Suicide Prevention


Suicide Prevention Certified Schools | Suicide Risk Screening Instruments | Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training for K12 Instructional Personnel

Suicide Prevention Certified Schools

The “Suicide Prevention Certified School” designation requires all of the following:

  • Completion of an FDOE-approved suicide awareness and prevention training by all instructional personnel in the school;
  • Adoption of a policy mandating the use of an approved suicide risk assessment instrument prior to an involuntary; and,
  • Two school-based staff members certified to administer an FDOE-approved suicide risk assessment instrument.

Schools that meet the criteria for a “Suicide Prevention Certified School” must report compliance to the Department of Education by submitting a completed SPCS Certification Form (PDF) to SuicidePreventionSchools@fldoe.org.

Suicide Risk Assessment Instruments

The following are department approved youth suicide risk assessment instruments per s. 1012.583, F.S.:

Columbia – Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)

Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T)

SAFE-T with C-SSRS

The criteria for a “Suicide Prevention Certified School” require the school to adopt a policy mandating the use of an approved suicide risk assessment instrument prior to an involuntary examination and to identify at least two school-based staff members certified to administer the C-SSRS and SAFE-T risk assessment instruments.

Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training for K12 Instructional Personnel

The following are the department approved youth suicide awareness and prevention trainings for K12 instructional personnel per s. 1012.583, F.S.:

ACT on FACTS – 2019-20 National Version - 2-hour online training. FREE.

At-Risk for High School Educators - 2-hour (with Group Discussion Guide) online, simulation-based professional development program. Online program must be supplemented with Group Discussion Guide. Available to Florida Educators at https://florida.kognito.com.

At-Risk for Middle School Educators - 2-hour (with Group Discussion Guide) online, simulation-based professional development program. Online program must be supplemented with Group Discussion Guide. Available to Florida Educators at https://florida.kognito.com.

Foundation Professional Development Series – Module 5, “Youth Suicide: A Silent Epidemic” - 2-hour online or face-to-face Inservice training. FREE.

Jason Foundation Professional Development Series – Module 2, Mental Health Issues Surrounding Suicidal Ideation - 2-hour online or face-to-face Inservice training. FREE.

Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention - 2-hour, face-to-face Inservice workshop. COST - $35 for training materials and completion of Train-the-Trainer for presenter(s).

More than Sad: Suicide Prevention Education for Teachers and Other School Personnel - 2-hour face-to-face Inservice program. COST - $59.99 for DVD set: More Than Sad: Preventing Teen Suicide and More Than Sad: Teen Depression.

Response: High School Suicide Awareness Program - 2-hour Inservice training. COST - $425 per kit (includes student awareness component).

Signs Matter: Early Detection - 2-hour online training. COST - $35 for individual; Group rates available.

Youth Mental Health First Aid - 6 or 8-hour face to face Inservice program. FREE to Florida educators. Must be supplemented with a Kognito simulation training and Group Discussion Guide.

Completion of one of the above listed trainings, or a district-adopted training that has been approved by the department, partially fulfills the requirement for a “Suicide Prevention Certified School”.