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H. Discourage identification with the victim. Remind
students that most people who consider suicide don't really
want to die; they want to find a better way to live.
I. Be careful with religious perspectives. Students may
sometimes ask difficult questions, like “Why did God let this
happen?” It’s important to emphasize that people have
many different religious beliefs and suggest that students
have that discussion within their own family or faith
community. Sharing some perspectives may have
unintended effects on vulnerable students (e.g. death as a
“better place” or allowing the decedent to be “Free of pain”).
Remind students that
suicide is preventable
and that
ministers, priests, rabbis, etc. can help people use their
religious faith to make healthy life choices.
J.
Focus on prevention
. Consider ways to help others learn
more about preventing suicide and suicidal behavior.
H. If you are involved with student journalists or the student
newspaper, read and teach
the “Recommendations for
Reporting on Suicide.”
reportingonsuicide.org