You may find this challenging work triggering in terms of your own feelings and emotions. It’s natural to feel anxious about your ability to support students at risk of suicide or to feel like you haven’t had sufficient training or support. After a suicide at school you may be deeply affected and less able to respond to your students as you would normally. For this reason it’s good to have a clear plan on steps you need to take after such an event.
Adequate training, clear processes, referral pathways, a team approach, and role clarity can all help.
You may find Tips for Teachers following a Suicide helpful after such an event, or when you are supporting students at risk of suicide. Tips include seeking support and debriefing with colleagues and other school leadership and wellbeing staff, taking care of personal needs, maintaining routine and structure, and seeking further professional help as required.
The grief and loss experienced by individuals, schools and communities following a death by suicide can be deep, complex and ongoing. If you need to talk with someone, you could reach out to trusted colleagues, your school leaders or the school’s employment assistance service to arrange a confidential discussion.