Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland

After a death by suicide

Nothing should be done to glamorise or dramatise the event, but doing nothing can be as dangerous as doing too much. Every school should have policies and procedures that address the needs of the principal, teachers/staff, students and parents after a suicide. Maureen Underwood and Karen Dunne-Maxim in their book, Managing Sudden Traumatic Loss in the Schools, identify the following: Principals need: Information about the death Information about the deceased A system for contacting necessary crisis resources A strategy for responding to media requests Support Teachers/Staff need: Information about the death Information about the school's crisis response plan Permission to grieve and a place to grieve Preparation for students' reactions Guidance in structuring school activities Involvement in identifying high-risk students Information about resources within the school and community Support Students need: Information about the death Permission to grieve and a place to grieve Outreach to those most impacted by the death Information about resources within the school and community Parents need: Information about the death Information about the school's response Preparation for children's reactions Information about community resources Support