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The SPTS Is There If You Need It
The SPTS or The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide was started in 2005 by two friends who had
lost teens to suicide themselves. When it happened to them they were horrified to learn that suicide was the
third leading cause of teen deaths in the country (sadly it is now the second). Setting out to protect teens
and families they formed SPTS with the help of friends adding experienced and knowledgeable people to
their board. They work together to develop youth suicide prevention programs at national and state levels.
Improving suicide prevention training in schools
When SPTS learned that teachers were not expected to get formal training in teen suicide prevention in
New Jersey, their home state, they worked hard to change the legislation. After all, it is not just parents
who are responsible for seeing the warning signs and knowing how to recognize them and what to do,
teachers have that responsibility too. In 2006 New Jersey was the first state in the US to do so. Now all
teachers have to undertake two hours of training as part of the requirements placed on them for their
professional development.
Careful development of a training program
As well as making sure this legislation passed SPTS also helped to create the training the educators would
go through. Called Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention it is an online course that is
user-friendly and free so there it is there for everyone. More than 375,000 teachers have praised the
training program across the country and it is supported as well by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
With SPTS also offering in-person presentations on teen suicide prevention to more than 17,000 teachers,
it is estimated they have been able to positively impact the lives of close to 10 million students.
SPTS core values
The basic or core values you will find with this organization include;
1. A dedication to facing and removing the public stigma that surrounds the issue of suicide.
2. Being passionate in their commitment to valuing life.
3. Ensuring all their resources are based on facts and that their training is accurate so that it can save as
many lives as possible.
4. Having a firm belief in suicide prevention strategies that are based on evidence.
Youths can act as ambassadors for teen suicide prevention
As part of their impressive efforts The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide in 2015 started a Youth
Council to get teens themselves more interested and engaged in the process of suicide prevention. Working
with volunteers, SPTS staff and others they learn skills to help others, and also act as advisors to the SPTS
concerning programming aimed at them. Once a month for two hours they get together during the school
months to take part in workshops that educate them on what behavior to look for, what the risk factors are,
what help-seeking actions look like and also coping skills. Members also are a part of social media
campaigns, event planning and more.

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The SPTS is there if you need it.docx

  • 1. The SPTS Is There If You Need It The SPTS or The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide was started in 2005 by two friends who had lost teens to suicide themselves. When it happened to them they were horrified to learn that suicide was the third leading cause of teen deaths in the country (sadly it is now the second). Setting out to protect teens and families they formed SPTS with the help of friends adding experienced and knowledgeable people to their board. They work together to develop youth suicide prevention programs at national and state levels. Improving suicide prevention training in schools When SPTS learned that teachers were not expected to get formal training in teen suicide prevention in New Jersey, their home state, they worked hard to change the legislation. After all, it is not just parents who are responsible for seeing the warning signs and knowing how to recognize them and what to do, teachers have that responsibility too. In 2006 New Jersey was the first state in the US to do so. Now all teachers have to undertake two hours of training as part of the requirements placed on them for their professional development. Careful development of a training program As well as making sure this legislation passed SPTS also helped to create the training the educators would go through. Called Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention it is an online course that is user-friendly and free so there it is there for everyone. More than 375,000 teachers have praised the training program across the country and it is supported as well by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. With SPTS also offering in-person presentations on teen suicide prevention to more than 17,000 teachers, it is estimated they have been able to positively impact the lives of close to 10 million students. SPTS core values The basic or core values you will find with this organization include; 1. A dedication to facing and removing the public stigma that surrounds the issue of suicide. 2. Being passionate in their commitment to valuing life. 3. Ensuring all their resources are based on facts and that their training is accurate so that it can save as many lives as possible. 4. Having a firm belief in suicide prevention strategies that are based on evidence. Youths can act as ambassadors for teen suicide prevention As part of their impressive efforts The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide in 2015 started a Youth Council to get teens themselves more interested and engaged in the process of suicide prevention. Working with volunteers, SPTS staff and others they learn skills to help others, and also act as advisors to the SPTS concerning programming aimed at them. Once a month for two hours they get together during the school months to take part in workshops that educate them on what behavior to look for, what the risk factors are, what help-seeking actions look like and also coping skills. Members also are a part of social media campaigns, event planning and more.