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Octobter 17, 2013
1) A “phonebook” homepage where users imports 3 primary contacts they would want to talk to when they are feeling suicidal. These primary contacts can be friends, family, professional caregivers, or a local crisis hotline. My3 encourages the user to agree with their contacts that they will be available to talk during times of crisis or stress.
2) A safety plan page where users can customize a step-by-step plan that they can refer to when they are experiencing thoughts of suicide. The My3 plan is modeled after a safety plan originally developed by Drs. Barbara Stanley and Gregory Brown.
3) A resources page where users can select suicide prevention support resources tailored for their needs.
If you are looking for resources, visit California County Superintendents Educational Services Association's (CCSESA) regional K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative Clearinghouse and Website at www.regionalk12smhi.org. Search under Publications and Tools or Programs and Practices for over 50 useful bullying prevention resources specific to your needs as an educator, mental health staff, parent, caregiver or community member. [From the California Department of Education]
The issue of bullying and suicide is remaining at the forefront of public discussion as tragic events continue to come to light in different parts of the country. It's important to remain as clear as possible in our communications with community members as well as the media about the relationship between bullying and suicide. Suicide is a complex behavior and is not caused by any one factor or event – however it is also important to acknowledge that bullying can be a risk factor for current, or even later, suicidality. The resources below explore the issue in more depth: