Step by Step

The suicide of a student can have far reaching effects on those within the school community. Some students, and staff, may need emotional support after the event and there is a higher risk of further suicides in the same area.

Samaritans is here to support schools so that they can respond effectively following the suicide of a student.

How to prepare and respond to suicide in schools.

Providing local support - the Step by Step response service

Step by Step is a Samaritans service that provides advice and practical guidance to help schools prepare for, and deal with, the repercussions of suicide or attempted suicide in ways which avoid inadvertently promoting suicidal feelings.

The aim of Step by Step is to:

 

Specialist support

The service is offered by specialist volunteers, called Postvention Advisors, who offer practical support, guidance and information on addressing the impact of suicide on the school community.

These volunteers are:

  • trained volunteers from our existing Samaritans local network
  • offer practical support, guidance and information on addressing the impact of suicide on the school community
  • able to work proactively with schools and local authorities and other appropriate agencies to prevent suicides

 

Contact us

If your school has been affected by an attempted or completed suicide, please contact us to discuss how we can support you.

 

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