Lifelines: A Suicide Prevention Program is a best practice program listed on the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). Lifelines is a comprehensive program originally designed for schools.
Lifelines consists of the following three training components: Gatekeeper, Parent/Caregiver, and Student/Youth.
The Gatekeeper- training provides basic information on adolescent suicide, identifies the critical yet limited roles of non-clinican school personel, provides information on how to identify and respond to issues regarding suicide and provides local and national suicide prevention resources.
The Parent/caregiver training clarifies misinformation about youth suicide and answers commonly asked questions. It gives suggestions on how to spreak with children about the difficult subject of suicide and also provides local and national suicide prevention resources.
The Youth component teaches relevant facts about suicide warning signs, and how to recognize the threat of suicidal thoughts or behaviors. It teaches youth how to respond to troubled peers, how to maintain a positive attitude and helpful approach, and how to identify trusted adults. It also provides local and national suicide prevention resources.