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SPTS expert program staff are available to meet your educational and professional development needs with a comprehensive catalog of dynamic workshops and training programs for schools, community groups, professional conferences and parents.  Browse our catalog or consult with our office staff for the presentation that best fits your suicide prevention needs.

The Lifelines Trilogy: Prevention, Intervention, & Postvention

School communities who have experienced a death by suicide no longer need to be convinced of the reality of teen suicide: national data tell us that at-risk students are present in every school, at every grade level. Yet, how can schools implement procedures for identifying these at-risk students and addressing their needs – all while remaining focused on their primary functions of educating all students in a safe and healthy environment for learning? The Lifelines Trilogy makes school-based suicide prevention possible and practical.

Here’s what you’ll find in each component of the Lifelines Trilogy™:

preventionLifelines Prevention sets the foundation for a school’s competence in youth prevention by providing:

Guidelines for administrative policies and protocols that reflect confidentiality and liability

  • A manualized awareness presentation for faculty and staff
  • A video presentation for parents
  • A four-session Evidence-Based curriculum for middle & high school students


interventionLifelines Intervention is the indispensable guide for identifying and responding to students who may be at suicide risk. Designed for school support and resource staff from elementary through high school, it includes:

  • Practical tools for talking about suicide in a conversational manner that is developmentally appropriate – the “Tell Me More” model
  • Training videos that demonstrate techniques for engaging challenging students and parents in the intervention and referral process
  • Detailed information about potentially higher risk students including those who are bullied, identity as LGBTQ, are gifted, or are returning to school after a suicide-related absence


postventionAlthough Lifelines Postvention was originally conceived as a tool to guide school response to a death by suicide, it has been adapted to reflect responses to all types of traumatic loss events. It outlines:

  • A proactive and detailed response plan that can be tailored to meet the individual needs of a school or the circumstances of a loss
  • Resources for identifying and training members of a crisis team
  • Over 250 pages of resource templates

While Lifeline manuals offer the tools, templates and training curriculum for schools to implement comprehensive school-based suicide prevention, full day workshops are available in each of the components and can be provided by our skilled and knowledgeable trainers.  These engaging workshops quickly enrich the competence and confidence of school staff and administration to address this important school health and safety issue.

Training of Trainers:  Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention

This Training of Trainers offering includes 90 minutes of instruction, trainer manual, flash drive with video clips and other trainer materials, and access to a learning collaborative for ongoing support.  This workshop prepares participants to provide Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention (MEP), a National best practice training.   Trainer candidates must complete the two hour online Act on Facts: Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention at www.sptsuniversity.org  prior to participating in the Training of Trainers.   Up to 30 trainer candidates may participate.

MEP is designed to meet the general awareness and knowledge needs of school faculty and staff and its content reflects current knowledge in the field of youth suicide prevention from the perspective of school personnel.

MEP Program Objectives include:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of youth suicide
  • Increase recognition of warning signs
  • Improved confidence to provide an effective initial response and refer to school resource personnel.

MEP Intended Audience:
Making Educators Partners in Suicide Prevention is designed to meet the general youth suicide awareness needs of all faculty and staff in schools.  There is no limit to the size of the audience.  Trainers can also request a version of the training designed for use outside of school for family, child and youth services providers.   If the school has had a recent suicide death, there are adaptations to fit the “survivor school” experience. Additional slides (that emphasize healing and identifying other at-risk youth) and consultation will be provided.

MEP Intended Length:
The training is designed for two hours. The content can be modified to accommodate a 90 minute, 1 hour, 45 minute or 30 minute presentation.

Please contact us with any questions regarding our programs: (732) 410-7900 or info@sptsusa.org or schedule a training.