After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools | 34 Involve Students Students themselves are in the best position to assist in the school’s efforts. They can: • • Help identify the particular media favored by the student body • • Engage their peers in honoring their friend’s life appropriately and safely • • Inform school or other trusted adults about online communications that may be worrisome or inappropriate It will enhance the credibility and effectiveness of social media efforts to have a designated member of the Crisis Response Team who is familiar with social media work in partnership with student leaders. Students recruited to help should be reassured that school staff are only interested in supporting a healthy response to their peer’s death, not in thwarting communication. They should also be made aware that staff are available to provide support if they see a social media post that indicates someone may be at risk of suicide. Disseminate Information Schools may already have a website and/or an online presence on one or more social media sites. These can be used to share information with students, teachers, and parents, for example: • • The funeral or memorial service (schools should check with the student’s family before sharing information about the funeral) • • Where students can go for help or to meet with counselors • • Facts related to mental illness and the warning signs of suicide • • Local mental health resources • • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255) or for live chat • • Other national suicide prevention organizations, such as AFSP and SPRC • • Schools should emphasize help-seeking and suicide prevention. Students can also be enlisted to post this information on their own social media outlets. More specific guidance for safe message content is in the Framework for Successful Messaging.