ERIC Number: ED322410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Suicide Prevention: The Student Assistance Model.
The Roberts Assistance Program (RAP), a model program for student assistance and suicide prevention established in 1988 by the Owen J. Roberts School District in Chester County, Pennsylvania provides services to students in kindergarten through grade 12. Core teams of school professionals from the high school and middle school have received student assistance program (SAP) training to identify and intervene with students who are at risk for substance abuse, depression, suicide, eating disorders, and other emotional concerns. Core teams will also be trained at the elementary school level. Teams consist of a building administrator, counselor, nurse, several teachers, and the coordinator of student assistance programs and services. Prevention services offered by RAP include such educational efforts as the K-12 prevention curriculum for students, faculty in-service programs, and community education. Intervention services include the use of crisis response teams and the establishment of specific procedural guidelines to address drug and alcohol emergencies, cases of child abuse or neglect, runaways, suicide ideation, suicide threats, and suicide attempts. Postvention services are designed to enable school personnel to provide a sense of calm and security for students during the aftermath of a tragedy. Postvention guidelines have been established for administrators, teachers, support staff, individuals at drop-in centers, and the crisis response team. Guidelines outline notification procedures, postvention services, and follow-up strategies. An evaluation of the program revealed that 92% of students believed that the schools should provide such services. (NB)
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