SUICIDE THREAT OF A STAFF MEMBER
In an acute crisis where the employee / staff member is openly communicating plans for suicide, the employee / staff member shall not be left alone and the principal or other campus administrator shall call 9-1-1.
Recognize the signs of a suicidal employee. Some of these signs are:
- Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself
- Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
Prior to reaching an acute crisis level, staff members experiencing any mental health issues may utilize the District’s Employee Assistance Program.
THE EAP offers problem clarification, short-term counseling, mental health benefit referral, and crisis intervention to benefits eligible employees and / or their dependents who are experiencing personal/ emotional problems. These services are completely confidential and are available at no cost to the employee.
Only the police may conduct a risk assessment of an employee during a suicide crisis on the campus. Neither the school counselor nor anyone from the Psychological and Social Services department may assess the risk of suicide for any employee.