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Suicide Prevention in Health Education. Anne Arundel County Public Schools Presented by Jan Arnold and Kris McNally Office of Health Education, May 6, 2010. What in Health Education?. Middle School - Grade 6, 7, and 8

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suicide prevention in health education

Suicide Prevention in Health Education

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Presented by Jan Arnold

and Kris McNally

Office of Health Education, May 6, 2010

what in health education
What in Health Education?
  • Middle School - Grade 6, 7, and 8
    • 15 days within phys ed at each grade to address ALL areas of health:
        • Mental and Emotional Health
        • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
        • Personal & Consumer Health
        • Family Life and Human Sexuality
        • Safety & Injury Prevention
        • Nutrition and Fitness
        • Disease Prevention and Control
high school health
High School Health
  • 1 semester course, ½ credit graduation requirement mostly 9th and 10th grade students
  • All 7 Health Content areas, but able to focus more on Health Skills
    • Decision Making
    • Goal Setting
    • Accessing Information
    • Health Enhancing Behaviors
    • Analyzing Influences
    • Communication Skills
    • Advocacy
accomplished 2009 2010
Accomplished 2009-2010


  • Reviewed existing Safety/Injury Prevention and Mental Health Units
  • Selected research based curriculum - Lifelines
  • Piloted Lifelines in two schools
    • Arundel & Chesapeake
  • Purchased for all schools


  • Trained as Trainers for QPR
  • Attended statewide Suicide Prevention Conference
plans for 2010 11
Plans for 2010-11
  • Curriculum
    • June 2010- Rewrite high school health –
    • align with state curriculum
      • Suicide Prevention- increase time and move
      • it from Safety/Injury Prevention Unit to Mental Health Unit
    • Lifelines program in all high school Health Classes
      • ½ credit semester-long graduation requirement (gr. 9-10)
  • Training
    • August 12th & 18th – all high school teachers trained in QPR and Lifelines

Lifelines Objectives

1. To increase the probability that persons who come into contact with potentially suicidal adolescents:

a. can more readily identify them

b. know how to respond to them

c. know how to rapidly obtain help for them

d. will be consistently inclined to take such action

2. To make sure troubled youth are aware of and have access to helping resources so that they are inclined to seek help as an alternative to suicide


Student Curriculum Objectives

  • To present relevant facts about suicide
  • To alert students to signs of suicide risk in peers and encourage serious responses
  • To outline ways to respond to troubled peers
  • To demonstrate positive attitudes about intervention and help-seeking behavior
  • To identify resources
prior to teaching lifelines
  • Attend a QPR Training and

Lifelines Professional Development

  • Let your Guidance Counselor and School Nurse know when you will be teaching the lessons.
  • Know who students can go to for help in your building & share this information with your students. Be as specific as possible (names, locations, procedures)
  • Post the Youth Crisis /Suicide Prevention Hotline Numbers in your classroom. Refer to student ID’s.
suicide prevention resources anne arundel county
  • Crisis Warm Line 410-768-5522
  • The Crisis Response System known as the "Community Warmline" is a service that provides Anne Arundel County Residents in crisis with supportive assistance and linkages to resources within the community. The "Community Warmline" can receive calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline – 1-800-422-0009
  • Services for crisis can range from addressing the needs of the homeless, family conflicts, emotional difficulties, and suicide attempts to large scale disaster relief.
  • National Youth Suicide Hotlines

24 hours a day, 7 days per week, toll free

  • 1-800-SUICIDE 1-800-273-TALK
  • (1-800-784-2433) (1-800-273-8255)