Resources for School

Evidenced Based Programs for Students on Suicide Prevention

  • 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. (Youth Mentor Version for 16-18)
  • Youth Awareness of Mental Health (YAM) is a universal evidence-based mental health promotion program for 14 – 16 year olds.
  • Riding the Waves is developmentally appropriate for 5th grade students and taught by elementary school counselors. 
  • Look Listen Link is an evaluated, classroom-based prevention curriculum geared for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
  • H.E.L.P. (Helping Every Living Person) is an evaluated classroom curriculum appropriate for 9th-11th grade students, based on the American Association of Suicidology’s “Guidelines for School-Based Suicide Prevention Programs.”
  • QPR for Students
  • Model Adolescent Suicide Prevention program (MASPP) is a public health-oriented suicide prevention and intervention program originally developed for a small American Indian tribe in rural New Mexico to target high rates of suicide among its adolescents and young adults. 
  • Reconnecting Youth: A Peer Group Approach to Building life Skills is a school-based prevention program for students ages 14-19 years that teaches skills to build resiliency against risk factors and control early signs of substance abuse and emotional distress. 

Evidenced Based Programs for Students on SEL

  • Ripple Effects provides trauma-informed, culturally responsive, personalized, evidence-based, digital tools for delivery of social-emotional-behavioral supports and training for both students and staff.
  • Strong Kids is an effective, user-friendly, and practical mental health promotion program, coupled with the real-world experience and feedback we gained over nearly 20 years of research and development and use, have convinced us that the Strong Kids curriculum has much to offer and can be a valuable tool for facilitating SEL, promoting resilience, and teaching coping skills.
  • Zones of Regulation is a systematic, cognitive behavioral approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete colored zones. 
  • MindUp is a framework for success in learning and in life.

Tools for Schools

  • Mental Wellness Statement Coping Cards designed for parents, caregivers, school, and community members to provide coping strategies for young people experiencing emotional distress.
  • The Montana Crisis Action School Toolkit on Suicide (Montana CAST-S 2017) was developed by Dr. Scott Polland and Dr. Donna Polland in a collaboration between the Big Sky Regional Council and NAMI Montana to support Montana school communities in meeting the requirements of Montana's state 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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