Suicide Risk Screening in Schools

Trainings and Resources

About the Training

Training on suicide risk screening in school settings is vital to comprehensive suicide prevention. California Education Code 215 mandates that all Local Education Agencies have protocols in place to intervene with youth at risk for suicide. The Commission is providing a free training for designated school staff to learn about best practices in school-based screening for suicide risk and how to respond effectively to keep students safe. The training incorporates content on Suicide Safety Planning Intervention (SPI), data collection and monitoring related to suicide risk screening, and cultural considerations. Attendees will receive materials necessary for implementation.

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Learning Objectives

  • Learn best practices for screening youth for suicide risk
  • Explore key components of suicide risk screening in the school setting, including evidence-based tools, and identify suicide risk screening resources
  • Examine crisis response protocols and incorporate safety planning and counseling on lethal means as part of suicide risk screening protocols

Who Should Attend

Individuals who are responsible for conducting student suicide risk screenings in TK–12 school settings are invited to participate in these trainings. You do not have to be a mental health professional to attend.

Dates, Times, and Registration Links are listed below (additional dates may be added):

  • September

  • October

    • Friday, October 6th, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  
    • Wednesday, October 18, 9:00 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m.
  • November

    • Thursday, November 16, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  
    • Tuesday, November 28, 9:00 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m.
  • December

    • Friday, December 1, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  
    • Wednesday, December 6, 9:00 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m.

Photo of the MHSA Event Flyer for Sept 23

Download the Flyer (PDF)

Support, Help, and Information

If you are experiencing an emotional health crisis, or know someone who is, you are not alone. Please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7) by calling or texting 988, or visit

For information about suicide prevention, visit or