Suicide Prevention Using MTSS

With student mental health and suicide prevention being at the forefront of priorities, the DE-PBS Project has compiled helpful resources to implement suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention strategies within a multi-tiered system of support. See below to learn more about the relationship between school-based suicide prevention and MTSS; systems, data and practices needed for comprehensive school-based suicide prevention; and exemplars of suicide prevention strategies and programs at Tier 1, 2, and 3.


Triangle shape titled "MTSS Suicide Prevention Programs and Practices". The smallest, top tier is labeled re-entry, postvention. It includes strategies to support students at high risk, individualized student interventions and supports, crisis response and community partnerships, re-entry and postvention planning. The middle tier is labeled intervention. It includes strategies to support students at risk, targeted training for specialized staff, targeted small group interventions for students, suicide risk assessment, safety planning. The bottom, universal tier is labeled prevention, data. It includes strategies to create emotionally supported and physically safe environments for students and identify students at-risk, gatekeeper training for staff, students and families, SEL interventions to enhance healthy coping and help-seeking, schoolwide initiatives to increase protective factors to reduce risk factors (e.g., bullying prevention, trauma-informed practices), student voice, screening.

Source: Center on PBIS:  Developing Comprehensive, Multi-Tiered School-Based Suicide Prevention