Stockton Unified School District and the Student Support Services Department are proud to have created a comprehensive approach to Suicide Prevention.
SUSD employees annually receive training on the risk factors and warning signs of suicide, suicide prevention, intervention, referral, and postvention.
In grades K-6, staff deliver social-emotional lessons to students on how to recognize emotions, seek help for harmful behaviors, and identify coping strategies.
In grades 7-12, School Counselors use SOS Signs of Suicide lessons, a suicide prevention program that educates students about the relationship between suicide and depression. We encourage all students to seek help from trusted adults whether they have concerns about themselves or a friend using the SOS Acknowledge, Care, Tell (ACT®) message. As per CA education code, our 7th-12th graders also have the following information on the back of their student ID cards:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24/7 Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text ACT to 741-741
San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Care Services
24/7 Helpline: 1-888-468-9370
National Domestic Violence Hotline
24/7 Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
In addition, the PLUS program is a peer resource, trauma-informed, program that trains students in grades 7th-12th to be restorative advocates in preventing and reducing bullying & school violence, alcohol/drug use, suicides, and other risk factors, by promoting opportunities for: prosocial bonding & inclusion. PLUS teams focus on building a strong sense of belonging, and through district-wide prevention and awareness activities (Unity Day, SUSD is Bully-Free month, Suicide Prevention, Say Something Week, No One Eats Alone Day, etc.). PLUS leaders in 9th -12th grades are trained in the online LivingWorks Start program to be able to identify and refer peers struggling with suicidal thoughts.
Below you will find our ACT message as well as national and local resources that are available, our board policies, and other SUSD websites with Suicide Prevention information.
SUSD Suicide Prevention Board Policy
SUSD Supporting Suicide Prevention Policy Information
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of hurting themselves or others, contact 911
1-800-273-TALK (8255) National SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE. We can help prevent suicide The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
In a crisis? Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor from anywhere in the United States, anytime 24/7, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment. https://www.crisistextline.org/
(209) 468-3685– San Joaquin County Youth Warm Line- Available to call daily (excluding holidays) from 11:30am to 8pm. Free and available to all youth, regardless of insurance
1-866-488-7386 – The Trevor Project, 24-hour crisis line for LGBTQ youth. TrevorText is a confidential and secure resource that provides live help for LGBTQ youth with a trained specialist, over text messages. Text START to 678-678 www.thetrevorproject.org
Childhelp.org 1-800-4-ACHILD (224453) Provides 24/7 assistance in 170 languages to adults, children and youth with information and questions regarding child abuse. All calls are anonymous and confidential.
National Domestic Violence Helpline 1-800-799-SAFE National call center refers to local resources; Spanish plus 160 other languages available; no caller ID used. https://www.thehotline.org/help/
Other SUSD Department Resources for Suicide Prevention:
Mental Health & Behavior Support Services