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RFM: Help Students Grieving a Loss by Suicide

7 Important Strategies for Educators

  • August 30, 2021

In 2015, my son Charles took his own life at age twenty during an episode of major depression and withdrawal from heroin. By 2017, I had sold my business and invested myself in suicide prevention which included a focus on postvention, the period following a death by suicide. 

To better understand this kind of tragedy and its aftermath from an educator’s point of view, I interviewed several educators, including a Colorado public school teacher who had lost a student to suicide. This teacher offered a chilling account of how her students opened … Read more...

First Book for Teachers on Preventing Suicide–Just in Time for 2021 Back to School

Help save lives with this essential resource on suicide prevention in schools. Publish Date: 8/24/21

NEWS- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
FROM: Publisher Jossey-Bass (a Wiley publishing brand) and Emotionally Naked LLC 
CONTACT: Anne Moss Rogers

emotionally naked a teachers guide to preventing suicide and recognizing students at risk
Publisher: Jossey-Bass; A Wiley Publishing brand
Publish Date: August 24, 2021
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1119758300, ISBN-13: 978-1119758303
$29.95, Book Page

Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk by Anne Moss Rogers & Kimberly O’Brien, PhD, LICSW. Publishes August 24, 2021, through Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Publishing Brand, $29.95

Although real-time data for suicide risk is scant, we know ER … Read more...

Chapters 11 and 12 of the teacher’s guide to preventing suicide book

Password protected page for those who have purchased the book, Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk by Anne Moss Rogers and Kim O’Brien.

To download the pdf versions of the last two chapters (11 & 12) with clickable links to the resources mentioned in the book and printable pages of the worksheets, scripts, activities, surveys, and quizzes.

  1. Enter the password you see on page XXI of the book.
  2. Once you enter the password below, you will see a short form where you enter your first name and email address.
  3. Then the link
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How teachers can support grieving students (tips specific to suicide)

Many of these tips are specific to suicide, however, most of them will work for any grief event.

Many schools will react to a death or suicide loss by bringing in outside counselors. And while that’s with the best intentions, the truth is, students are going to want to talk to you, the person they know, and not a stranger. Being together and connecting is an important part of the grieving process and school is one place, if not the only place, where this can happen consistently over a period of time.

The goal is not to make teachers grief … Read more...

Virtual Coping Strategies Awareness Workshop

Students in Mississauga, Canada. Student Coping Strategies Workshop.

Above are the student leaders with whom I practiced prior taking this workshop online with this group of high school students in Mississauga, Canada. They helped me work through the kinks and test the tools.

25 participants in this one. My largest was in-person group of 100.

All presentations start with the prevention lifeline, crisis text line, and a trigger warning that you can leave or take a break. One student is tasked with getting together the resources for that school and the immediate area. So one of the leaders of the … Read more...

What’s life without you?

by Kiernan Gallagher, 15 years old
Published with her mother’s permission

Trigger Warning: Strong emotional content and suicide method mentioned. If you are in crisis, text “help” to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-8255

One I never wanted to imagine. But instead, I now live it.

They say it gets easier.

It doesn’t. And I knew that from day one. 

It’s been over a year and I still remember everything. I still feel everything.

On September 26, 2019, I didn’t go to bed until four in the morning. I woke up four hours later just to get smacked in the … Read more...

I am in charge of my recovery from bipolar disorder

by Tammy Ozolins

Tammy is a middle school teacher who contributes regularly to this blog on subjects related to mental health

Being diagnosed with a mental condition called Bipolar Disorder (I do not call it an illness anymore, because my brain is not sick, it is just different) has been challenging at times but it has made me such a stronger person in so many ways.

When I was first getting medical treatment I would go into the psychiatrist’s office and just nod my head, yes, and say Uhm, and not say much, even if I felt like the medicine … Read more...

Free download for teachers and school counselors. Fishbowl game

Looking for a way to create connection in the classroom? Need icebreakers to get students more engaged? This game can help you do that. There is a version that will use 5 minutes of classroom time every time you meet and one that can be used in a broader context with faculty and students. Ideal for middle or high schools, the lastest version includes game questions for elementary age kids.

We know that belonging and inclusion help build a foundation of suicide prevention and this game inspires sharing and serves as an icebreaker for student relationships. This and other icebreakers, … Read more...

Virtual games for teachers to help students engage

Our students who are not in school, and even those who are not, are struggling in this pandemic. Providing a few minutes of connection before class starts can help your students be more engaged with the lesson plan after. By the way, if you are a parent, you can play these games at home, too.

As Kim O’Brien PhD and I were writing the book, Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk, we interviewed teachers and school counselors and this sparked a number of ideas you can use in a virtual classroom to … Read more...

What I put in my self-harm safety kit

by Ayushree

Note from Anne Moss: A self-harm safety box is a kit that a person puts together as a self-help strategy. This was sent to me by Ayushree and she details the contents of her safety box which she has so far found helpful in breaking her self-harm habit.

Self-harm safety box

To make my own self-harm safety kit, I took a shoebox, covered it in white paper and made doodles all over it. I didn’t write anything on it because otherwise, my mom would know.

Doodles are one of my hobbies and it helps me to relieve stress. … Read more...

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