One role of the Lewis & Clark Suicide Prevention Coalition (LCSPC) is to share information from local organizations about suicide prevention and mental health awareness activities available in the County. To achieve its goal of endorsing events and other opportunities that use safe messaging on these topics, LCSPC adheres to endorsement criteria and Safe and Effective Messaging for Suicide Prevention guidelines from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
When LCSPC receives a request to post information to its Facebook page, Instagram, website, or another platform, it will be screened through the process below:
- Does the request involve suicide awareness, prevention, intervention, postvention, or mental health? Education on these topics is preferred.
- Is the Coalition familiar with the content?
- Reasonable time to review requests involving more in-depth events or materials, such as a play, film, presentation, exhibit, or book – 3 to 5 business days needed for review by a coalition member.
- Does the content reflect safe messaging (see SPRC guidelines)?
- Does the facilitator have specific training if the request involves a support group or something similar? Applicable credentials?
- Are additional supports available?
- Trained professional on site
- Availability of printed prevention and support materials
- A panel of professionals to field questions
- Access to Suicide Prevention Lifeline/ Crisis Text Line
- Is the presentation provided in small groups if the activity involves youth, either through a youth group or school? Is there a mechanism to check in with each young person participating?
You can view guidelines on Safe and Effective Messaging for Suicide Prevention here.