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Youth suicide can be prevented. Knowing the warning signs and acting on your instinct are the keys.

Adolescent suicide is complex, worrying and preventable

While suicide is not that common among Australian teens, it is the leading cause of preventable death for this age group. For this reason it is important to take action.

Know the warning signs

Young people who are thinking about suicide will usually show changes in their emotions or behaviours.

School staff are in a position to take action

Because of your day to day contact, you are well placed to act when you suspect a student is experiencing difficulties that could place them at risk of suicide.

A whole school approach is key

One of the most effective ways we can address youth suicide is with a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.

After a suicide

Despite your best efforts, a student could end their life, and your school will need to respond. Having a post suicide plan can help manage this difficult time.

Look after yourself

Recognising and supporting students at risk of suicide can be challenging.


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How the MindMatters framework can help

The most effective youth suicide prevention models begin with a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. MindMatters can help you build a positive school community where students have the resilience to cope with life’s challenges and confidence to seek help when they are experiencing difficulties.

Start MindMatters in your school today.