• H.E.L.P. Curriculum Overview
    H.E.L.P. -- Helping Every Living Person -- Depression and Suicide Prevention Curriculum -- is an evaluated classroom curriculum appropriate for 9th-11th grade students. Developed by the Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP), it is based specifically on the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) “Guidelines for School-based Suicide Prevention Programs”. 
    H.E.L.P. is considered best practice in the field of suicide prevention. It is listed on the Best Practices Registry of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/Suicide Prevention Resource Center.  This designation is reserved for suicide prevention programs that have met adherence to current program development standards and recommendations in the field. 
    H.E.L.P. consists of four 45-minute lessons designed for regular classroom teachers to implement using PowerPoint slides Topics include stress and healthy coping skills, depression and its impact on teen’s lives, the causes and warning signs of suicide, and skills to intervene with a possibly suicidal friend. Activities call for discussion and problem solving and involve issues that students currently dealing with, such as keeping confidences.