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Suicide Prevention Training

Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training

Chapter 284 of the Acts of 2014- An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence, was signed into law by Governor Patrick on August 13, 2014. A significant portion of this, is connected to the DESE “Safe and Secure Schools Framework”. Part of the impact on our District includes the following:

Schools shall provide at least two hours of suicide awareness and prevention training every three years to all licensed personnel.

New hires shall obtain the training within six months of hire.

In order to meet these requirements , Dudley-Charlton utilizes free video training that is offered through the Jason Foundation. This non-profit foundation has the approval of the Massachusetts Attorney General.

The series of videos in Module 1 introduces the scope and magnitude of the problem of youth suicide, the signs of concern, risk factors, how to recognize young people who may be struggling, how to approach the student and help an at-risk youth find resources for assistance.

The link can be accessed at:


-In the last paragraph, connect to the link that says “click here”

-Register using the “Sign up” and “Register Now!” buttons

Teachers may also choose to use http://sptsuniversity.org/.

·Teachers have the option to select which 2 hour training they chose.

New hires for the 2021-2022 school year should certify their participation in training by sending a printed copy of their PDP Certificate at the end of training to Brian Ackerman at the District Office, no later than October 1, 2021.

Existing employees who have completed the training in either 2019 or 2020 should forward a copy of their completion certificate to Brian Ackerman at the District Office, no later than October 1, 2021.  If you did not keep a copy, you can log into the site and print a new copy.