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Suicide in children and young people is rare – but every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and the impact may be felt not just by family & friends, but by wider school and social groups, by teachers & other professionals, and in local communities. Suicide is preventable, and by developing our understanding and knowledge about some of the risk factors, as well as building our confidence and skills to have conversations with those we are concerned about, we can take action to save lives.  

You may feel worried about asking someone how they are feeling or if they are thinking about suicide, but evidence shows that asking about suicide can help to protect them – letting someone know it is okay to talk about how they are feeling, listening to them, and helping them to find support can make a difference. You don’t have to have all the answers. There are plenty of sources of information and advice that can support you in school – take a look at the links below for details of some local and national organisations that can help, many with specific resources for schools. 

Being able to identify and respond when someone is struggling or in distress is crucial, but it is important that this is underpinned by a process of creating environments that promote positive emotional and mental wellbeing too.  

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