Lifelines Prevention: Suicide Prevention

We all share a common goal of creating a safe learning environment where suicide is prevented.  Related to that goal, House Bill 198 requires that each school system adopt a policy that addresses student suicide prevention.  Gwinnett County Public Schools uses Lifelines Prevention, an evidence-based curriculum, to educate students in grades 5, 7, and 9 on the facts about suicide and students’ role in suicide prevention. The program curriculum includes developmentally appropriate class discussions, student handouts, videos, and corresponding activities. The program curriculum was submitted and reviewed by the Community Health Education Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Lifelines Prevention program is to provide accurate and relevant information about youth suicide, learn how to respond to suicidal friends, and where to go for help.

During the months of January and February, our school counselors will offer lessons from the Lifelines Prevention curriculum in our fifth-grade classes. Because one of the main objectives of this curriculum is to encourage our students to identify trusted adults in their lives to whom they can turn if they have concerns about themselves or their friends, we want to provide you with an outline of the four sessions to make it easier for you to talk with your child about these important lessons.

Please click on the link below for additional information and to view the curriculum for the lessons.

Lifelines Prevention letter and curriculum