Helping Every Living Person (HELP) Depression and Suicide Prevention Curriculum
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HELP curriculum materials are available for $250.
Crisis Connections can assist with training guidance if requested.
Developed by Washington State, the Helping Every Living Person: Depression and Suicide Prevention Curriculum (HELP) educates students about depression and suicide prevention. HELP consists of four 45-minute lesson plans on the following topics:
- Stress and depression.
- Risk factors and warning signs of suicidal behavior.
- Suicide intervention skills.
- Practice of intervention skills and problem-solving skills (for overcoming obstacles).
HELP lessons integrate interactive teaching and participatory learning principles. The curriculum has a problem-solving orientation and is based on issues that students currently deal with, such as keeping confidences. Lessons are supplemented by a DVD, A Cry for Help: How to Help a Friend Who is Depressed or Suicidal, which features young people discussing some of the difficult issues associated with depression and suicide. The program does not take a therapeutic approach; rather, it empowers students to recognize the warning signs of suicide in their peers and to seek help. The curriculum materials are designed for students in grades 9-11 and can be incorporated into existing health classes.
After participating in the curriculum, students should have:
- Increased knowledge about stress, depression, and suicide prevention strategies.
- Increased willingness to communicate about suicide with their peers.
- Increased knowledge of helping resources within their school and their community.
- Teachers should identify helping resources in the school and in the community prior to student instruction.
- A school-based crisis management plan, such as those found in the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention Guidelines should be implemented prior to student instruction.
2012 NSSP Objectives Addressed:
Objective 7.1: Provide training on suicide prevention to community groups that have a role in the prevention of suicide and related behaviors.