Lifelines was one of the first school-based programs of its kind in the United States. It is a comprehensive suicide-awareness and responsiveness program for youth in middle school and high school. Unlike other mental health programs for youth, Lifelines’ focus on youth suicide prevention is broader, emphasizing mental wellness rather than mental illness. This program includes three separate components. Prevention, Intervention and Postvention. It is directed at the whole school community with materials for teachers, students and parents, with a focus on help-seeking behaviours.
The aim of Lifelines is the establishment of a “competent community” where all members can identify the signs of suicide risk and know how to respond.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people
- LGBTI People
- Regional and remote communities
- Farming communities
- Public awareness
- Education and community engagement
- Resilience and wellbeing
- Evidence Based