Suicide Prevention Protocol

Suicide is the 3rd leading cause death in children ages 15-24 and the 4th leading cause of death in children ages 10-14. To aid in the prevention of such tragedy, Portland Public Schools will begin to immediately utilize a Suicide Prevention Protocol. The Suicide Prevention Protocol is a team-based process for decision-making. This protocol was developed with input from Multnomah County Department of Human Services and is in place in all Multnomah County school districts. These protocols will be used to engage appropriate school and community resources and to ensure student safety.

The Suicide Protocol will be initiated when students make any suicide attempts, gestures, and/or share thoughts/talk of suicide, including those thoughts expressed in writing, art, or other forms.  To initiate the protocol school staff will immediately notify the counselor or school psychologist AND administrator who form the decision making team and who will initiate the Suicide Prevention Protocol.