Suicide Protocol

Suicidal Ideation Protocol

At risk for self-injury/suicidal ideation is defined as:  Any student who indicates through actions speech or writings that he or she may be at risk of harming himself/herself physically; thinking about, considering, or planning suicide.

  1.  Take all threats seriously.
  2. DO NOT LEAVE THE STUDENT ALONE. Identify someone who will maintain CONSTANT supervision.Involve a member of Campus Police who will contact Woodland Centers Crisis Unit (740.446.5500, then press 0) to request on-call crisis staff response to campus for risk assessment. Under no circumstances should a non-credentialed person attempt to assess the severity of the risk.
  3. a.    If the counselor and/or clinician determine that the student is not a risk to him/herself or others, there is no need for further evaluation.
    b.    If the counselor and/or clinician determine that the student is a risk to him/herself or others proceed to step 4.
  4. Contact 911
  5. Any student who presents at-risk must follow the re-entry protocol for follow-up.

Suicide Attempt Protocol

Suicide attempt is defined as: A non-fatal, self-directed, potentially injurious behavior with an intent to die as a result of the behavior; might not result in injury.

  1. If a student has attempted suicide, contact 911 IMMEDIATELY.
  2. DO NOT LEAVE THE STUDENT ALONE. Identify someone who will maintain CONSTANT supervision until the ambulance arrives.
  3. Any student who has attempted suicide must follow the re-entry protocol for follow-up.

*In all cases and upon assurance of student safety, contact Kelly Bonice, Director of Accessibility and Mental Health Services Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M at 740.245.7439. If incident occurs after regular business hours, notify Campus Police 740. 245.7286 to assure proper safety measures are in place for follow-up.

Re-Entry Protocol for Students At Risk For Suicidal Behavior

  1.  Any student who presents at risk or has attempted suicide is required to follow the re-entry protocol.
  2. Prior to re-entry, documentation must be provided to the Office of Accessibility and Mental Health Services that the student has been assessed by a licensed mental health professional and is not presently expressing suicidal ideation and is not at risk for serious life-threatening behavior.
  3. If the student has a treatment plan or discharge summary, the school requests that the student share said plan and sign a release of information for the school to be able to talk to the attending mental health professional.
  4. Prior to re-entry, the student and a pre-determined care team, convened by the Director of Accessibility and Mental Health Services, will be asked to develop an individualized safety plan to be used at school.  Each participant, including the student, will be asked to sign the plan.
  5. This meeting must occur within 24 hours of the student’s return to school.
  6. Each safety plan will be individualized to accommodate their particular set of needs, however the following guidelines shall be considered during formulation of the plan:
    a.    The student should meet with on-campus counseling professionals and/or other appropriate service providers on an agreed upon basis and for an agreed upon duration.
    b.    If the student feels at risk, he/she immediately will seek school personnel for assistance.