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In 15-Minute Focus: Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention, Dr. Melisa Marsh gives school counselors and educators a step-by-step primer on how to navigate the death of a student or staff member by suicide.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals ages ten to thirty-four. This statistic underscores the impact suicide can have on our schools. It can shatter a school community and leave students and staff feeling helpless, angry, and confused. In this book, Marsh unpacks the stigma and data associated with suicide, and provides school counselors, educators, and administrators with ways to implement a suicide-safer community.

What you'll get:

- Specific language to use when talking about suicide

- Strategies for implementing suicide prevention, suicide intervention, and suicide postvention programs

- Research and data to help communicate risk factors

- Ways to support students in a virtual environment

- Over 20 pages of invaluable templates, including safety plans, email scripts, assessments, checklists, and more!

The death of a student or staff member by suicide is something no school wishes to navigate, but Marsh gives the tools needed to face these hard and challenging situations with understanding and hope.


Dr. Melisa Marsh currently serves as the Supervisor of School Counseling for the Cobb County school district in Marietta, GA., where she coordinates the development and supervision of school counseling, student advisement, crisis response, and Hospital Homebound programs. She has 17 years of experience in filling the roles of Georgia State High School Counselor, Supervisor of Counseling, and School Counseling and Advisement Consultant. Melisa received her Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Personnel Services and her Specialist Degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia. She received her Advanced Masters in School Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Melisa lives in the Atlanta Metro area with her husband and puppy. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, yoga, cycling, running, hiking, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.


The cool thing about this book is that it is not just for school counselors or therapists. It is actually very much administrator focused. This book even has how to handle suicide in a virtual environment. Very relevant and fresh!

Melanie Acker, LPC

This book is SO great! 15 minutes is a manageable amount of time with my crazy busy schedule and it also comes with the ability to download resources that are actually usable! The research and knowledge put into this book are top notch and it is very easy to read and apply to my current position as a school counseling department chair. There are not many books that after reading I feel like I can plan and take necessary steps to improve my office's counseling program but this is one! Even at the most simple level, the language suggested and small starting step strategies are to be put into place y any school counselor. I also love that there is a discussion of what is being done at the district level because if there are not suicide prevention strategies in place, a counselor can advocate to get programs implemented to best support their students. GREAT book! Thank you for creating this for school counselors everywhere!

Counselor DaSilva, School Counseling Department Chair

Professional & Technical
October 1
National Center for Youth Issues
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