State law requires districts to adopt suicide prevention policies.
Mississippi Code 37-3-101 Local school districts to adopt policy on student suicide prevention and provide in-service training on suicide prevention education for all school district employees.
(1) Each local school district shall adopt a policy on student suicide prevention. The policies shall be developed in consultation with school and community stakeholders, school-employed mental health professions, and suicide prevention experts, and shall, at a minimum, address procedures relating to suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. To assist districts in developing policies for student suicide prevention, the State Department of Education shall establish a model policy in consultation with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health for use by local school districts in accordance with this section.
(2) In the 2017-2018 school year, the State Department of Education shall require that local school districts conduct in-service training on suicide prevention education for all school district employees. The Mississippi Department of Mental Health will be responsible for development of the content of the training. This education may be accomplished through self-review of suitable suicide prevention materials.
Procedure Template on Suicide Prevention for Mississippi School Districts
This document provides guidance to school districts developing and implementing procedures for suicide prevention, intervention, and response.