After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools | 39 Connecting with Local Mental Health Resources Schools should work with local primary care and mental health resources (including pediatricians, community mental health centers, and local private practice mental health clinicians) to develop plans to refer at-risk youth. Once these plans are established, they should be reviewed with all the school-based mental health professionals so that any student who is identified as being at high risk can be referred to a local mental health screening center or private practitioner for further evaluation. Suicide Clusters The possibility of contagion resulting in multiple suicides in a community (also known as a suicide cluster) is rare. But if a potential cluster is suspected, at a minimum, school-based mental health professionals and/or trained outside professionals should be available to meet with distraught students for grief counseling and help them connect with other resources in the community. Schools need to collaborate with community partners to effectively manage all aspects of reacting to possible contagion and preventing its spread. Many communities may already have a coalition focused on suicide prevention. It is often helpful for school officials and other designated persons to join these coalitions, particularly if contagion occurs. If a coalition does not exist at the local level, it is strongly recommended that the community build a community coalition as described in the section Working with the Community, or at least convene a coordinating committee that meets on a regular basis to work on these efforts. Bringing in outside help can also be particularly valuable when contagion occurs or is suspected. See the next section for more detailed information. If multiple suicides do occur, media coverage will likely be more extensive, and journalists may try to interview students, school administrators, and staff. A designated school spokesperson should proactively reach out to media outlets to ensure that media recommendations are followed. For more resources on suicide contagion, see Appendix B: Additional Resources.