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YSPP Best-Practice Health Curricula and School Programs

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Schools play an important role in youth suicide prevention. YSPP partners with public and private schools, as well as colleges and universities, throughout the state of Washington. We offer peer-to-peer programs and resources for students, training for educators and staff, counselors and nurses, principals and administrators, and information for parents.

YSPP developed three health curricula designed to be taught by classroom teachers and appropriate for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Riding the Waves, our curriculum for 5th graders, is now available!


H.E.L.P Suicide Prevention curriculum Look Listen Link Suicide Prevention curriculum

H.E.L.P. (Helping Every Living Person)
is designed for 9th and 10th graders.


targets 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

best practice iconBoth programs have been evaluated in numerous schools and with hundreds of students in Washington State. Both curricula have also earned listing on the Best Practices Registry of the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

Each curriculum has four lessons, a DVD, interactive exercises and role-play practice opportunities. Take a closer look at each and read what students and health teachers are saying about them.

Why Suicide Prevention in schools?

More school systems in America are becoming proactive in teaching suicide prevention in the classroom.

Adding components that address suicide to a health curriculum:

  • is recommended by school violence and legal experts
  • can be vital to keep students, staff and schools safe from tragedy
  • limits liability and risk for schools systems, teachers, administrative staff
  • is consistent with whole child education philosophy

YSPP Suicide Prevention program components

Research shows that vulnerable kids are more likely to share thoughts of depression and suicide with their peers. Peers and friends must know what to say - and what to do - to effectively respond. YSPP programs assist at-risk youth by reinforcing the safety circle of peers, adults surrounding youth, and strengthening community engagement.

H.E.L.P., LOOK LISTEN LINK, and Riding the Waves curricula include:

  • teacher resources
  • lesson plans
  • student worksheets

H.E.L.P., LOOK LISTEN LINK curricula include:

  • a DVD featuring actual students talking about stress and depression

Good news!

Last school year, our survey of teachers using H.E.L.P. and LOOK LISTEN LINK showed that:

  • over 1,500 students throughout Washington State received LOOK LISTEN LINK and
  • approximately 7,000 received H.E.L.P.

That's more than 8,500 more young people with the knowledge and skills to help themselves or a friend if depressed or suicidal.

Are your students among those receiving Best Practice suicide prevention education?

Look who's teaching!

The Tukwila School Board recently approved LOOK LISTEN LINK as supplemental health curriculum. All five health/science teachers at Showalter Middle School have been trained and will be teaching LOOK LISTEN LINK this school year! 

Last spring, the Issaquah School Board approved both H.E.L.P. and LOOK LISTEN LINK for their health classes. The Issaquah Community Network, a broad-based coalition of youth advocates, purchased curricula for every middle and high school health teacher in the district.

We’re also happy to report that the Spokane School District, Northshore School District, Evergreen School District, and White River School District are reviewing YSPP curricula for possible adoption this school year.

Kudos to these proactive school districts!

Pricing/Ordering Information

All 3 school curricula, Riding the Waves, LOOK LISTEN LINK and H.E.L.P. include:

  • teacher resources
  • lesson plans
  • student worksheets

Both LOOK LISTEN LINK and H.E.L.P. include:

  • DVD


For more information, contact YSPP at (206) 436-2986, or


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