Resources for School

Programs for Students

  • B1 ProgramThe Jason Foundation is very grateful to have a well-known, award winning country group, Rascal Flatts, as Celebrity Ambassadors.  The Rascal Flatts involvement brought about a very unique program we call “The B1 Pledge.” By taking a few short minutes to go through “The B1 Pledge,” you can help take some of the “silence” away from the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide.
  • “A Friend Asks” app“A Friend Asks” is a FREE smart-phone app that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Education is the key to prevention and with information like this as close as your smartphone; you could help save a life!
  • Signs of Suicide (SOS) is a secondary school-based suicide prevention program that includes screening and education.  Students are screened for depression and suicide risk and referred for professional help as indicated.  Students also view a video that teaches them to recognize signs of depression and suicide in themselves and others.  They are taught that the appropriate response to these signs is to use the ACT technique: acknowledge that there is a problem, let the person know you care, and tell a trusted adult. 
  • Youth Mental Health First AID (YMHFA) is designed to teach parents, family, schools, peers and others how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.  The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a five-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. 

Tools for Schools

  • The Montana Crisis Action School Toolkit on Suicide (Montana CAST-S 2017) was developed in a collaboration between the Big Sky Council and NAMI montana to support Montana school communities in meeting requirements of Montana stte legislation statutes HB 381 (2017) and HB 374 (2015).

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  • Suicide Prevention Poster
  • In this video created by Mayo Clinic, teens describe common signs that a teen is considering suicide and provide encouragement for communicating directly and immediately for support and safety.  It also includes suggestions for what to say to a teen who may be at risk for suicide and ways to keep them safe.

  • A Promise for Tomorrow This curriculum unit is designed for students in grades 7-12. This study unit, “A Promise for Tomorrow,” provides students with suicide awareness and prevention information through peer support and appropriate response to peers in need.
  • Crisis Line: If you or someone you know are in crisis, please call the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 1-800-273-Talk (1-800-273-8255). Or, use the Crisis Text Line, text MT to 741-741.
  • Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools is a guide to assist schools and districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health.  Includes tools to implement a multi-suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students.
  • Suicide Prevention and Intervention Risk Factors & Warning Signs


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