After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools | ii Endorsements from Other Organizations National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) When a suicide occurs, it can disrupt the foundation of the school and larger community to the core. How school leaders respond can help minimize negative effects and reinforce resilience. In fact, effective postvention efforts serve as the first line for prevention of potential suicide contagion among vulnerable members of the school community. After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools provides step-by-step guidance, templates, and resources all in one place. It is a vital resource to help school administrators and crisis teams plan for and implement appropriate postvention strategies to facilitate communications, support grieving students and staff, identify at-risk individuals, and more. National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) The tragedy of suicide affects many schools each year, and it is essential for principals and other school leaders to have the resources they need to help them cope personally and professionally in the event of a student death. During the high-stress period after a suicide, these professionals must provide effective postvention (activities that reduce risk and promote healing after a suicide death) and facilitate an orderly return to the daily operation of the school. That’s why the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) collaborates with organizations like the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Toolkits like After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools provide our members with tools and resources designed to help them work with faculty, staff, students, and others to restore the health of the school community. Resources like these are integral in helping principals and other school leaders carry out their mission to serve all students. American School Counselor Association (ASCA) A student suicide has a tremendous impact on the entire school as well as the broader community. School administrators, faculty, and staff are called on to provide leadership and strength to students and their families, even though they themselves may be shaken emotionally and unsure of the proper actions to take. They will be grappling with issues such as immediate crisis response, helping students and parents cope, and communicating with the school and wider community, as well as the media. After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools, developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, is a valuable guide to help school personnel prepare for the tumultuous and stressful aftermath of a student suicide and to help prevent future tragedies.